- an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Origin of fess1
- fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.
Origin of fess2
- a teacher.
Origin of fess3
Examples from the Web for fess
Contemporary Examples of fess
Yele Haiti did fess up to paying you $100,000 for a benefit concert in Monaco.Wyclef Jean Talks Lauryn Hill, the Yele Haiti Controversy, and Chris Christie
November 20, 2014
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron asks British blokes to fess up about their fantasies—for the good of the children.Britain’s Idiotic “Opt-In” Porn Ban
November 23, 2013
After initial denials, Quayle was eventually forced to fess up to composing the salacious posts.Kate Upton’s Congressman Uncle and More Scandalous Political Ties
February 15, 2012
This makes the third date a natural moment to fess up about any contagious diseases.Third-Date Confessions
May 20, 2010
The “fess up” cliché assumes that the media climate has not changed since the 1990s.Could It Get Worse?
December 2, 2009
Historical Examples of fess
So I said, "'Fess up, Jimmy, and then you'll be able to enjoy your call."Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908
Lucy Maud Montgomery
You know every man, woman, and child by name and nature—now 'fess!Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
An' fess a loaf o' white breid; we canna bide for the parritch.'Robert Falconer
I done 'fess, and I done 'fess butler, only he prick my hands werry sore.A Bottle in the Smoke
In the base point on an escutcheon gu., a fess embattled arg.English Heraldic Book-stamps
- (intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession
Word Origin for fess
shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.
"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).