the members of a strict religious group in N America. The Amish live a simple farming life and reject some forms of modern technology. See related entries: Types of belief, Religious people Culture The Amish were once part of the Mennonites. They are mostly farmers in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. Because of their many religious rules, they do not have cars, telephones or electricity, and they wear old-fashioned clothes. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: apparently from German amisch, from the name Jakob Amman.