Amish Definition

ämĭsh, ămĭsh
An orthodox Anabaptist sect that separated from the Mennonites in the late 17th century and exists today primarily in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana.
American Heritage
The members of a Christian sect that separated from the Mennonites in the 17th cent.: in the U.S. since the 18th cent., the Amish favor plain dress and plain living, with little reliance on modern conveniences, in a chiefly agrarian society.
Webster's New World
Of or relating to this sect or its members.
American Heritage
Designating or of this sect.
Webster's New World
Relating to this sect.

A strict Anabaptist sect living mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.


Origin of Amish

  • From Pennsylvania German Amisch or German Amische after the name of the Swiss preacher Jakob Amman (1645-1730).

    From Wiktionary

  • German amisch after Jacob Amman , 17th-century Swiss Mennonite bishop

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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