variants or fitchew
: the fur or pelt of the polecat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pet Mountain has fitch stations as well as pigeon and dove seed. oregonlive, 22 Mar. 2021 Fitch analysts said that was on the low end for what's acceptable. Kaitlin L Lange, Indianapolis Star, 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, 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, 22 Mar. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fitch was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Biographical Definition

Fitch 1 of 2

biographical name (1)

(William) Clyde 1865–1909 American dramatist


2 of 2

biographical name (2)

John 1743–1798 American inventor
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