Definitions for fetishˈfɛt ɪʃ, ˈfi tɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fet•ishˈfɛt ɪʃ, ˈfi tɪʃ(n.)

  1. an object regarded as having magical power; talisman.

    Category: Anthropology, Religion

  2. any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence or devotion:

    to make a fetish of sports.

  3. an object or nongenital part of the body, as a shoe, or hank of hair, that is repeatedly preferred for achieving sexual excitement.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of fetish:

1690–1700; earlier fateish (< F fétiche) < Pg feitiço charm, sorcery (n.), artificial (adj.) < L factīciusfactitious


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetish(noun)

    a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body

    "common male fetishes are breasts, legs, hair, shoes, and underwear"

  2. juju, voodoo, hoodoo, fetish, fetich(noun)

    a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers

  3. fetish, fetich(noun)

    excessive or irrational devotion to some activity

    "made a fetish of cleanliness"


  1. fetish(Noun)

    Something which is believed to possess, contain, or cause spiritual or magical powers; an amulet or a talisman.

  2. fetish(Noun)

    Something sexual or nonsexual, such as an object or a part of the body which arouses sexual desire or is necessary for one to reach full sexual satisfaction.

  3. fetish(Noun)

    An irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation.

  4. Origin: From fétiche, from feitiço, from facticius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fetish(noun)

    a material object supposed among certain African tribes to represent in such a way, or to be so connected with, a supernatural being, that the possession of it gives to the possessor power to control that being

  2. Fetish(noun)

    any object to which one is excessively devoted

  3. Fetish(adj)

    alt. of Fetishistic


  1. Fetish

    Fetish is a compilation album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, released on June 8, 1999.

Translations for fetish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an object worshipped, especially because a spirit is supposed to lodge in it.

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