/ (fɛs) /

  1. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar

Origin of fesse

C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet

Words Nearby fesse

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How to use fesse in a sentence

  • I bear azure powdered with trefoils or, with a lion's paw of the same armed gules in fesse.

    The Essays of Montaigne, Complete | Michel de Montaigne
  • But the coat they bore or assumed was a goodly one and simple, and therefore ancient—or, in fesse five lozenges azure.

    Cornish Characters | S. Baring-Gould
  • Of a similar origin is the fesse, a horizontal stripe across the middle of the shield, which represents a sash or military girdle.

    The Curiosities of Heraldry | Mark Antony Lower
  • Sire William Bernak, de argent, a une fesse and iij bernaks de sable.

    The Curiosities of Heraldry | Mark Antony Lower
  • Some families of Mascall bear barry of eight, others fleur-de-lis and a bordure, and the family of Mascule, a fesse.

    The Curiosities of Heraldry | Mark Antony Lower