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  1. the letter S, s.
  2. something shaped like an S: The road wound among the mountains in great esses.
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Origin of ess

First recorded in 1530–40


[es-se; English es-ee]
noun Latin.
  1. being; existence.
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Examples from the Web for esses

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for esses


noun philosophy
  1. existence
  2. essential nature; essence
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: to be
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