\ ˈfich How to pronounce fitch (audio) \
variants: or fitchew \ ˈfi-​(ˌ)chü How to pronounce fitchew (audio) \

Definition of fitch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

2 : the fur or pelt of the polecat


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\ ˈfich How to pronounce Fitch (audio) \

Definition of Fitch (Entry 2 of 3)

(William) Clyde 1865–1909 American dramatist


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Definition of Fitch (Entry 3 of 3)

John 1743–1798 American inventor

Examples of fitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fitch analysts said that was on the low end for what's acceptable. Kaitlin L Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Mike Pence's infrastructure mess: What went wrong with I-69?," 18 June 2017 Fitch then drew a walk on a full count to bring Stowers home and extend U of L's advantage to 7-4. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville baseball holds off Texas A&M in College World Series opener," 18 June 2017 DUBAI—Ratings agency Fitch on Wednesday downgraded Saudi Arabia’s credit rating by one notch on concerns that the oil-exporter will struggle to fully implement its ambitious economic measures to wean the country off its oil dependence. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Fitch Cuts Saudi Arabia’s Credit Rating," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of fitch


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fitch


Middle English fiche, ficheux, from Middle French or Middle Dutch; Middle French fichau, from Middle Dutch vitsau

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“Fitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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