Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    Pennsylvania Dutch

    BrE BrE//ˌpensɪlveɪniə ˈdʌtʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpensɪlveɪniə ˈdʌtʃ//
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  1. 1the Pennsylvania Dutch [plural] a group of people originally from Germany and Switzerland who settled in Pennsylvania in the 17th and 18th centuries Culture The Pennsylvania Dutch are descended from German (not Dutch) Protestant religious groups who settled there in the 17th and 18th centuries. They include the Amish, Mennonites and Moravians. They have a strict, simple way of life, wear plain black clothes and do not use machines, including cars. They are known for making beautiful furniture which is carved or painted with designs of flowers, birds, etc.
  2. 2[uncountable] a type of German mixed with English spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch
  3. Word OriginDutch from German Deutsch ‘German’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Pennsylvania Dutch