- the letter S, s.
- something shaped like an S: The road wound among the mountains in great esses.
Origin of ess
First recorded in 1530–40
[es-se; English es-ee]
- being; existence.
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Examples from the Web for esses
With the exception of esses this is the form given by the Standard Dictionary.The Magazine Style-Code
Leigh H. Irvine
If, then, the Collar of Esses was first given by this mighty duke, what would be his meaning in the device?
In fact, to people who lisp and pronounce their esses as though they were teeaitches, it's quite the same.In Camp With A Tin Soldier
John Kendrick Bangs
If any other officers of the royal household still wear the collar of Esses, I shall be glad to be informed.
Plain collars of Esses are now worn in the United Kingdom by kings-of-arms, heralds and serjeants-at-arms.
- essential nature; essence
C17: from Latin: to be
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