fess

1

or fesse

[ fes ]
/ fɛs /

noun Heraldry.

an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.

Origin of fess

1
1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-FrenchLatin fascia fascia
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fesse

British Dictionary definitions for fesse (1 of 2)

fesse

fess

/ (fɛs) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for fesse (2 of 2)

fess

/ (fɛs) /

verb

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

Word Origin for fess

C19: shortened from confess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012