: of or relating to a strict sect of Mennonites who were followers of Amman and settled in America chiefly in the 18th century
Amish noun

Examples of Amish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The home is in a rural business area, about a two-hour drive from Springfield, Illinois, and down the way from Arcola, Illinois, where many Amish buggies occupy the street. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 The fresh take on flexible work frees Smucker employees to live thousands of miles from Orrville, a tiny town outside Akron with a sizable Amish population. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 28 Aug. 2023 And while the area has remained predominantly rural — with roadside farms and Amish markets — Dunkirk's downtown area has many shops, restaurants, beaches, a historic lighthouse, and a lakefront marina. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 7 Aug. 2023 The research did say that one receptor for the virus was not found among the Amish Ashkenazi Jewish populations, according to The New York Times. Alexis Jones, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 Rachel Yoder returns to the land of her family’s Amish roots, seeking folk medicine and answers. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 11 July 2023 Last September, Amish hunter John Schmucker took a buck with a crossbow that scored 291 Boone and Crockett points. Anthony Licata, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023 The ceiling paneling in the great room and several vanities use planks of wood that are nearly 200 years old and that were salvaged from the sellers’ previous historic home by Amish woodworkers. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 22 June 2023 Crash:19-year-old Wisconsin woman in Amish buggy killed in crash with tractor-trailer Eric Lagatta covers breaking and trending news for USA TODAY. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 20 June 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from German amisch, from Jacob Amman died before 1730 Swiss Mennonite elder + -isch -ish

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amish was in 1830

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“Amish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Amish. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to the Mennonites who were followers of Amman and settled in America
Amish noun

probably from German amisch, from Jacob Amman or Amen, flourished 1693–97, Swiss Mennonite bishop

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