Definition of Amish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈämiSH/ /ˈɑmɪʃ/

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plural noun

  • The members of a strict Mennonite sect that established major settlements in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and elsewhere in North America from 1720 onward.

    ‘The answer for religious sects like the Amish of North America is to shun bodily vanity through anachronistic adherence to the styles of the seventeenth century.’
    • ‘Only some conservative Swiss Mennonites and Amish still hold on to the sixteenth-century forms of their creed.’
    • ‘The Mennonites, Amish and Brethren all hold private property.’
    • ‘Traditional people like the Mennonites, Amish, Dunkers and Hutterites maintain a large number of these heritage crops.’
    • ‘Communitarian sects such as the Amish and the Hutterites have also found ways of avoiding the more obvious pitfalls.’
    • ‘The 92,000 Amish who live in Ohio and Pennsylvania generate hundreds of millions in annual tourism revenue.’
    • ‘They call them Pennsylvania Dutch, but the Amish are really Swiss and German.’
    • ‘People think that we are asking the church to be the Amish of Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘Like many European Christian sects that sprang forth after Martin Luther, the Amish went to America to lead a life untormented by religious orthodoxy.’
    • ‘An estimated 55,000 Amish live in Ohio - more than in any other state.’
    • ‘A majority of the nation's Amish live in key swing states like Pennsylvania and Ohio.’
    • ‘While they do not reject all modern technology, the Amish recognize that some are more threatening to their community and its values than others.’
    • ‘Some religious groups like the Amish refrained from using rings at all.’
    • ‘The Amish are very religious - but even they cannot keep the secular utterly at bay.’
    • ‘Mennonites and their cousins, the Amish, generally stayed aloof from politics.’
    • ‘The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him.’
    • ‘The ones from Holland came to the US and settled where the Amish now live, in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.’
    • ‘Here in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Amish need their quilts for more than just decoration.’
    • ‘Amish migration to North America began in 1720 and Europe now has no Amish.’
    • ‘Even the Amish who live outside of Pennsylvania speak the Pennsylvania German dialect.’


  • Relating to the Amish sect.

    ‘To augment their farm income, many Amish families cook meals for tourists but are not registered with state health agencies.’
    • ‘Parochial schools insulate Amish youth from the contaminating influence of worldly peers.’
    • ‘Soon after, we were honored to be invited to an Amish church service, conducted in High German.’
    • ‘The Amish ethic of confession extends to answering questions asked by outsiders.’
    • ‘One style of quilt is that made by the Amish, or is based on Amish designs.’
    • ‘She still wore Amish dress, but knew she wouldn't join church.’
    • ‘So suddenly now I start getting emails asking me about the Amish community, as if I'm the Amish expert.’
    • ‘The concept of ‘illicit viewing’ is also touched upon through the mention of the tourists who come to peer at the Amish people as if they were monkeys in a zoo.’
    • ‘I was working on an Amish farm for a while as a farmer.’
    • ‘After visiting Canada, an American Amish man is not being allowed back into the US because he has no picture identification.’
    • ‘When I was living in rural Ohio in the mid 1970s, I learned many common wild mushrooms from farmers and Amish people.’
    • ‘Because the phones are not used as a form of entertainment and because their essence is an instrument of work, they're now in the toolkits of many Amish carpenters.’
    • ‘Strolling down a covered walkway that spans the site, I counted only a few other gawkers, among them an Amish couple from Indiana.’
    • ‘This thought-provoking film follows a group of Amish kids let loose on the world at 16 so they can freely choose whether to return to the church.’
    • ‘A visit to Amish country would have been incomplete without a visit to the state of Pennsylvania where there are the largest and oldest settlements.’
    • ‘When an Amish man marries he grows a beard - a moustache is too reminiscent of the military - and it remains, increasing in length with each passing year.’
    • ‘A growing demand for goat meat among New York City Muslims has been a boon to a livestock auction tucked away in the middle of Amish country.’
    • ‘We also saw an Amish couple, dressed in their traditional garb.’
    • ‘So, of course, their ‘challenge’ the next day is for the city kids to put on Amish clothes and go out in public.’
    • ‘It was kind of neat, I learned a bit about the Amish way of life.’


Mid 19th century apparently from German amisch, from the name Jakob Amman.