cess

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noun

British. a tax, assessment, or lien.
(in Scotland) a land tax.
(in Ireland) a military assessment.
(in India) an import or sales tax on a commodity.

verb (used with object)

British. to tax; assess.

Nearby words

  1. cesena,
  2. cesium,
  3. cesium 137,
  4. cesky terrier,
  5. cespitose,
  6. cessation,
  7. cessative,
  8. cesser,
  9. cession,
  10. cessionary

Origin of cess

1
1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun use of assess (v.)

cess

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[ses]

noun Irish English Informal.

luck (usually used in the expression bad cess to): Bad cess to them!

Origin of cess

2
First recorded in 1855–60; perhaps aphetic variant of success

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British Dictionary definitions for cess

cess

1

noun

British any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
(formerly, in Ireland)
  1. the obligation to provide the soldiers and household of the lord deputy with supplies at fixed prices
  2. any military exaction

verb

(tr) British to tax or assess for taxation
(formerly in Ireland) to impose (soldiers) upon a population, to be supported by them

Word Origin for cess

C16: short for assessment

noun

an Irish slang word for luck bad cess to you!

Word Origin for cess

C19: probably from cess 1 (sense 2)

noun

short for cesspool
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Word Origin and History for cess

cess

n.

"tax, levy," 1530s, short for assess (q.v.).

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