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Fetter (to bind; confine) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Barron's essential words for the GRE, which includes 800 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

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Definition of the noun fetter

What does fetter mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fetters

  1. a shackle for the ankles or feet

Alternative definition of the noun fetter


  1. A chain or similar object used to bind a person or animal by its legs (usually in plural).
  2. Anything that restricts or restrains in any way.

Definition of the verb fetter

What does fetter mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fettered | fettering | fetters

  1. restrain with fetters

Alternative definition of the verb fetter


  1. [transitive] To shackle or bind up with fetters
  2. [transitive] To restrain or impede; to hamper.

Definition of the verb fetter for high school students

    to chain, restrain
    • example: The dog was fettered to the parking meter.

The verb fetter is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Fetter: In Buddhism, a mental fetter, chain or bond shackles a sentient being to saṃsāra, the cycle of lives with dukkha. By cutting through all fetters, one attains nibbāna.

  • also known as 結

Phrases with Fetter

  1. fetter bone
  2. fetter bush

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fetter

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Google previewThe Numerical Discourses of the Buddha (2012)

A Complete Translation of the Anguttara Nikaya

But the Chinese parallel inverts this explanation: “The person with an internal fetter is the non-returner, who does not come back to this world. And the person with an external fetter is one who is not a non-returner but who comes back to this ...

Google previewConstitutionalism (1990)

The Israeli and American Experiences by Merkaz ha-Yerushalmi le-ʻinyene tsibur u-medinah

The only fetter is the Court's own discretion which it will exercise according to — and this phrase has been taken from a judgement by Justice Frankfurter — what the expert feel of the lawyer will tell the court to do (Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation (2016)

by David Crystal

FETTER feminine adj sp feminine" fen / ~s n spfen", fenne" / fennes", fens' fence п sp fence" fence / ~d v sp fence" / fenc d' > unfenced fencer / ~s n 'fensoл / -z sp fencer" / fencers' fencing adj / п 'fensin, -II) sp fencing / fencing" fennel adj / n ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1904)

by William Dwight Whitney

fetter, n., and G. fessel, a fetter, also a fetlock), though by some com ared with G. fi tze, MHG. ritze, OHG. fizza, a s eiu of thread or yarn, = Icel. feti, a strand, = Dan. fid, fed, a skein.] 1.

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Usage statistics about fetter

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fetter:


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Quotes about Fetter

Olivia: Do not extort thy reasons from this clause, / For that I woo, thou therefore hast no cause, / But rather reason thus with reason fetter. / Love sought is good, but given unsought better. (William Shakespeare)
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Scrabble value of F4E1T1T1E1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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