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A•mishˈɑ mɪʃ, ˈæm ɪʃ(adj.)
of or pertaining to any of the strict Mennonite groups in the U.S. and Canada that oppose ritualism and wear unadorned clothing.
(n.)(used with a pl. v.) the Amish Mennonites.
Origin of Amish:
1835–45, Amer.; < G amisch, after Jakob Ammann, Swiss Mennonite bishop of the 17th cent.; see -ish1
an American follower of the Mennonite religion
Relating to this sect.
A strict Anabaptist sect living mainly in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
Origin: From Amisch or Amische after the name of the Swiss preacher Jakob Amman (1645-1730).
The Amish, sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish. In the early 18th century, many Amish and Mennonites emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch. However, a dialect of Swiss German predominates in some Old Order Amish communities, especially in the American state of Indiana. As of 2000, over 165,000 Old Order Amish live in the United States and approximately 1,500 live in Canada. A 2008 study suggested their numbers have increased to 227,000, and in 2010 a study suggested their population had grown by 10 percent in the past two years to 249,000, with increasing movement to the West.
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