- an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Origin of fess1
1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-French ≪ Latin fascia fascia
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Examples from the Web for fesse
The Pakingtons of Worcester quarter Ermine on a fesse componé or, and az.
His seal bore on a shield a fesse chequy between two roundels.
A term in use for a fesse, bar, or chevron when embattled on both edges.The Handbook to English Heraldry
"vert, three eagles displayed on a fesse, or," on his book-plate.
The pale is like the fesse, except that its direction is perpendicular.The Curiosities of Heraldry
Mark Antony Lower
- heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar
C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet
- (intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession
C19: shortened from confess
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Word Origin and History for fesse
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).
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