- a female given name, form of Elizabeth.
- Elizabeth Virginia WallaceBess, 1885–1982, U.S. First Lady 1945–53 (wife of Harry S Truman).
- Harry S,1884–1972, 33rd president of the U.S. 1945–53.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for bess
Then came Bess Myerson, a daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants who was raised in the Sholem Aleichem Houses in the Bronx.
No Jewish woman has been crowned Miss America since Bess Myerson won in 1945.
After much angst, Moore talks with Bess—only to learn that the precocious thirteen-year-old already has it all figured out.TV Does Sex Ed
October 19, 2012
In 1926, while rehearsing for a benefit show for the school, Queen Bess fell from the cockpit five hundred feet to her death.
Back home, “Queen Bess” found fame as a daredevil stunt pilot and parachute jumper.
“I felt that Bess wanted exercise,” the girl answered evasively.The Night Riders
He knew that there was little hope of Queen Bess winning the race.Jolly Sally Pendleton
Laura Jean Libbey
Oh for the good "Queen Bess," her high command, and her 15-inch shrapnel!Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
Bess—May wears the worst clothes when she is riding horseback.The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
I'd rather see her chummy with you than Lola or Bess, either.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
- Harry S . 1884–1972, US Democratic statesman; 33rd president of the US (1945–53). He approved the dropping of the two atomic bombs on Japan (1945), advocated the postwar loan to Britain, and involved the US in the Korean War
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Word Origin and History for bess
surname, attested by 1215, literally "faithful man, trusty man."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper