Pennsylvania Dutch

Penn·​syl·​va·​nia Dutch | \ ˌpen(t)-səl-ˈvā-nyə- How to pronounce Pennsylvania Dutch (audio) , -nē-ə- \

Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch

1 : a people originally of eastern Pennsylvania whose characteristic cultural traditions go back to the German migrations of the 18th century
2 : a dialect of German spoken mainly in Amish communities especially in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana

Other Words from Pennsylvania Dutch

Pennsylvania Dutchman noun

First Known Use of Pennsylvania Dutch

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Pennsylvania Dutch was in 1831

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“Pennsylvania Dutch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch

: a group of people originally from Germany who settled in Pennsylvania in the 18th century
: a form of German spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch

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