Definition of fetish noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfetɪʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetɪʃ//
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  1. 1(usually disapproving) the fact that a person spends too much time doing or thinking about a particular thing or thinks that it is more important than it really is She has a fetish about cleanliness. He makes a fetish of his work.
  2. 2the fact of getting sexual pleasure from a particular object to have a leather fetish
  3. 3an object that some people worship because they believe that it has magic powers
  4. Word Originearly 17th cent. (originally denoting an object used by the peoples of West Africa as an amulet or charm): from French fétiche, from Portuguese feitiço ‘charm, sorcery’ (originally an adjective meaning ‘made by art’), from Latin facticius, from facere ‘do, make’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: fetish