fess

1

or fesse

[fes]

Origin of fess

1
1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-FrenchLatin fascia fascia
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fesse

fess

noun
  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

Word Origin for fesse

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

fess

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

Word Origin for fess

C19: shortened from confess
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Word Origin and History for fesse

fess

v.

shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.

fess

n.

"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

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