fend·​er ˈfen-dər How to pronounce fender (audio)
: a device that protects: such as
: a cushion (such as foam rubber or a wood float) between a boat and a dock or between two boats that lessens shock and prevents chafing
: a pile or a row or cluster of piles placed to protect a dock or bridge pier from damage by ships or floating objects
: a device in front of locomotives and streetcars to lessen injury to animals or pedestrians in case of collision
: a guard over the wheel of a motor vehicle
: a low metal frame or a screen before an open fireplace
: an oblong or triangular shield of leather attached to the stirrup leather of a saddle to protect a rider's legs
fendered adjective
fenderless adjective

Examples of fender in a Sentence

not wanting our brand-new cabin cruiser to get scratched, we put thick rubber fenders between it and the dock
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Word History


Middle English fendour, fendere "defender, device for protecting the hull of a beached ship," from fenden "to defend, ward off, fend entry 1" + -our, -ere -er entry 2

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fender was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fender.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fender. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


fend·​er ˈfen-dər How to pronounce fender (audio)
: a device that protects: as
: a frame in front of a locomotive or streetcar to catch or throw off anything that is hit
: a guard over a wheel of an automobile, motorcycle, or bicycle
: a low metal frame or screen placed on the hearth before an open fireplace

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