- 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
[fes or fes-er]
- a teacher.
Origin of fess3
shortening of professor
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Examples from the Web for fesses
The shields are all argent, the fesses azure, and the roundels, gules.The Curiosities of Heraldry
Mark Antony Lower
When two or three fesses are borne they are commonly called Bars.
The effect is striking, and the bold colouring of fesses and chevrons lightens the sombre tone of the mahogany cases.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
- (intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession
C19: shortened from confess
Word Origin and History for fesses
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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