- a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
- to put jesses on (a hawk).
Origin of jess
Examples from the Web for jess
But she surprised the test pilots—there were three, the chief test pilot Jack Waddell, Wygle and Jess Wallick.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
“The progressive movement knows how critical adding more Democratic women to our government is,” said spokeswoman Jess McIntosh.Progressive Left's Latest Target: EMILY's List
September 4, 2014
I met Ned 10 years ago when we were all living together—him, Jess, and I—out in L.A., and Ned had been writing this.
Chastain: No, but Jess [Weixler] told me you had some wild night out with dancing?
You were also on a great episode of New Girl where the gang plays “True American” and Nick and Jess kiss.Brooklyn Decker on Her ‘Horrible’ Modeling Experiences, Marriage, and Cracking Hollywood
April 11, 2014
Jess had recognized friends, and the doctor is drawing rein.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 3
After the funeral Drumsheugh came himself for Jess, and took her to his farm.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 5
I am very happy to hear, by Miss Jess Lewars, that you are all well.The Letters of Robert Burns
I don't like that schooner, Jess, and its ugly crew, lying there in the Cove.
All right, Jess, take his stuff to the beach and hail the schooner.
- a short leather strap, one end of which is permanently attached to the leg of a hawk or falcon while the other can be attached to a leash
- (tr) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)
Word Origin and History for jess
leg-strap used in hawking and falconry, mid-14c., from Old French jes "straps fastened round the legs of a falcon," plural of jet, literally "cast, throw," from Latin iactus "a throw, cast," from iacere (see jet (v.)). Related: Jesses.