from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An object that is believed to have magical or spiritual powers, especially such an object associated with animistic or shamanistic religious practices.
- n. An object of unreasonably excessive attention or reverence: made a fetish of punctuality.
- n. Something, such as a material object or a nonsexual part of the body, that arouses sexual desire and may become necessary for sexual gratification.
- n. An abnormally obsessive preoccupation or attachment; a fixation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- See fetich, n., fetichism, n., fetichistic, a.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any material object regarded with awe, as having mysterious powers residing in it or as being the representative or habitation of a deity to which worship may be paid, and from which supernatural aid is to be expected.
- n. Hence An object of blind devotion; an idol: as, gold has become his fetish.
- n. Same as fetish-man.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a charm superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
- n. 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
- n. excessive or irrational devotion to some activity
French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, artificial, charm, from Latin factīcius, artificial; see factitious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço, from Latin factīcius ("artificial") (Wiktionary)