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fess

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[ fes ]
/ fɛs /
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noun Heraldry.
an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
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Origin of fess

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English fes(se), veece, fesshe, from Old French, ultimately from Latin fascia fascia

Other definitions for fess (2 of 3)

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Verb Phrases
fess up, Informal. to admit or concede, especially freely.

Origin of fess

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An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; shortening of confess

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noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
a teacher.
Also fes·sor [fes-er] /ˈfɛs ər/ .

Origin of fess

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First recorded in 1905–10; shortening of professor
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British Dictionary definitions for fess

fess
/ (fɛs) /

verb
(intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession

Word Origin for fess

C19: shortened from confess
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