Pennsylvania-dutch meaning

The descendants of German and Swiss immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1600s and 1700s.
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The dialect of High German spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
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The style of folk art and decorative arts developed by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
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The descendants of early German immigrants, principally from the Palatinate, who settled mainly in E Pennsylvania.
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The High German dialect of this people.
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Their form of folk art, characterized by carved or painted, stylized decorations of flowers, fruits, birds, etc., as on furniture.
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Those people of German origin who settled in the Pennsylvania area prior to 1800, and their descendants.
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Their language, Pennsylvania German, a High German language descended from Palatine German. (Not to be confused with the Low German language Plautdietsch.).
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(nonstandard) The Old Order Amish.
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Related to Pennsylvania German people, or their language.
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Origin of pennsylvania-dutch

  • Alteration of German Deutsch German Plattdeutsch

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

  • From Pennsylvania + Dutch, in the now obsolete sense of "German".

    From Wiktionary