fess

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or fesse

[ fes ]
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noun Heraldry.

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

Nearby words

  1. fervor,
  2. fervour,
  3. fescennine,
  4. fescue,
  5. fescue foot,
  6. fess point,
  7. fesse,
  8. fesse point,
  9. fessenden,
  10. fessenden, william pitt

Origin of fess

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fesse

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

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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