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Definitions of Fetish

  1. (noun) A material object endowed with supernatural power.
  2. (noun) A type of sexual desire that places emphasis on an external object.

Examples of Fetish

  • Definition 1:
    • A talisman, an object worn or carried to provide protection or grant good luck.

Fetish Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: fet·ish

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /fEt-ish/
  • British English – /fE-tish/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈfɛdɪʃ/
  • British English – /ˈfɛtɪʃ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: fetishes
  • Also called fetich.

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Works Consulted

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Fetish

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “fetish.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 21, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/fetish/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

fetish. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/fetish/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “fetish.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 21, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/fetish/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“fetish.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/fetish/>.