Christian Protestant sect with beliefs similar to the Mennonites. They live in groups of families (single persons are assigned to a family), marry only within the sect (divorce is not allowed), and retain a “modest” dress for women (cap or headscarf, and long skirts). In the US they are known as Hutterites.
They originated as an Anabaptist sect in Moravia in 1529. Jacob Hutter, a Swiss minister, was their leader until martyred 1536. They survived relentless persecution in the 16th and 17th centuries.