fess

1

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.

Origin of fess

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

fess

3

or fes·sor

[fes or fes-er]

noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.

a teacher.

Origin of fess

3
shortening of professor
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British Dictionary definitions for fesses

fess

verb

(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 fesses

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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