• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mennonite a member of an Anabaptist movement in Holland noted for its simplicity of life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mennonite (Eccl. Hist) One of a small denomination of Christians, so called from Menno Simons of Friesland, their founder. They believe that the New Testament is the only rule of faith, that there is no original sin, that infants should not be baptized, and that Christians ought not to take oath, hold office, or render military service.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Mennonite A member of a Christian denomination which originated in Friesland in the early part of the sixteenth century, and holds doctrines of which Menno Simons (1492-1559) was the chief exponent. The leading features of the Mennonite bodies have been baptism on profession of faith, refusal of oaths, of civic offices, and of the support of the state in war, and a tendency to asceticism. Many of these beliefs and practices have been modified. The sect became divided in the seventeenth century into the Upland (“Obere”) Mennonites or Ammanites and the Lowland (“Untere”) Mennonites, the former being the more conservative and rigorous. Members of the sectare found in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, etc., and especially in the United States. In the last-named country they are divided into “Untere” or Old Mennonites, “Obere” Mennonites or Ammanites, New Menuonites, Evangelical Mennonites, and Reformed Menuonites (or Herrians).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mennonite men′on-īt one of a Protestant sect, combining some of the distinctive characteristics of the Baptists and Friends.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Menno Simons (died 1559), their chief founder.


In literature:

To the wearied traveller who has been living for some time in Russian villages, one of these Mennonite colonies seems an earthly paradise.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
It was the sermon of the New Mennonite that led to Tillie's conversion.
"Tillie: A Mennonite Maid" by Helen Reimensnyder Martin
Some were Mennonites, Doukhobors and Finlanders, some Swedes, Norwegians and Icelanders.
"The World For Sale, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
The German colonists consist principally of Mennonites and Lutherans.
"Memoir and Diary of John Yeardley, Minister of the Gospel" by John Yeardley
The followers of this man were called Mennonites.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The little "Mennonite Maid" who wanders through these pages is something quite new in fiction.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
TILLIE: A Mennonite Maid.
"At the Time Appointed" by A. Maynard Barbour
The Pennsylvania Quakers and Mennonites were quick to plant gardens.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Spies were about, and their presence becoming known to the Mennonites, caused uneasiness.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
It is the seat of Goshen College, the only Mennonite institution of higher education in the U.S.
"The Greatest Highway in the World" by Anonymous
Mennonite Meeting House, Germantown.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
It is under the designation of Mennonites that they exist to-day, principally in Holland, Germany, and the United States.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
In those cruel days there came to the King's house in Memel two simple people of a sect of which there are some now in America, the Mennonites.
"Two Royal Foes" by Eva Madden
Mennonites, in Pennsylvania, 206.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
The compilers were Hans de Ries, Jaques Outerman, and Joost Govertsoon, all eminent Mennonite ministers.
"Notes and Queries, Number 85, June 14, 1851" by Various
The Mennonites built a log meeting-house in 1709, and their present stone church was built in 1770.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
Mennonites took possession of Germantown.
"Our Philadelphia" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Many of these Mennonites settled in Northern Germany.
"The Conquest" by Oscar Micheaux
Mennonites, Williams attracted to the doctrines of the, 312, n. 19; derived his broadest principles from the, 313, n. 19.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
My red wire-grass had been clipped to the skin and a broad-brimmed, low-crowned hat of a Quaker or Mennonite planted there.
"Fighting Byng" by A. Stone

In news:

But at Goshen College, a Mennonite school in Indiana with a historical emphasis on pacifism , the tradition was not hearing the national anthem.
Residents of the Redline community gathered at the Jubilee Mennonite Church on Monday night for their first official neighborhood watch meeting.
Kenneth Ray Resh , 85, Salisbury, died Nov 10, 2012, at Goodwill Mennonite Home.
SALISBURY — Kenneth Ray Resh , 85, of Salisbury, died Nov 10, 2012, at Goodwill Mennonite Home.
Eastern Mennonite makes bicycle friendly list.
Growing up, Brooks attended Zion Mennonite Church, and is thrilled to be living and working with the Mennonite community of Harrisonburg.
The Springs Mennonite Church will once again be hosting a Christmas Caravan from 1 to 7 pm Saturday.
Carl Regehr grew up in a German Mennonite community in Colorado, where, he later told an interviewer, "no ornament was allowed".
On the second day of the trial of Mennonite pastor Kenneth Miller, prosecutors provided an outline they said shows exactly how Lisa Miller left the country with her daughter Isabella.
Harvey County Homeless Shelter and Action Impact Missions present are planning their annual Christmas dinner theater for 6:30 pm, Dec 13 and 14 at the Heston Mennonite Church, 309 S Main in Hesston.
An area outside of Kalona city hall looks brighter thanks to work done by Iowa Mennonite School's Horticulture Class.
McPherson First Mennonite Church, corner of Maxwell and Ave A, will have a fish fry from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Oct 26.
(AP) — A sentencing date has been set in a Vermont court for a Mennonite pastor convicted of helping a woman and her daughter flee the US rather than allow the girl to have regular visits with the woman's former lesbian partner.
Garage Sale planned at Shalom Mennonite Church.
Volunteers and members of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) gathered at the MCC Thrift Shop on Kidron Road and boxed up donated supplies at an alarming rate.