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



    BrE BrE//ˈfetə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetər//
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  1. 1[usually plural] (literary) something that stops somebody from doing what they want They were at last freed from the fetters of ignorance.
  2. 2fetters [plural] chains that are put around a prisoner’s feet synonym chain, shackles bound with fetters of iron
  3. Word OriginOld English feter, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch veter ‘a lace’, from an Indo-European root shared by foot.
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