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  1. a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put jesses on (a hawk).
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Origin of jess

1300–50; Middle English ges < Old French ges, gez, getz (nominative) (get oblique > French jet; cf. jet1) ≪ Latin jactus a throwing, equivalent to jac(ere) to throw + -tus suffix of v. action


  1. a male or female given name, form of Jesse, Jessie, or Jessica.
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  1. a short leather strap, one end of which is permanently attached to the leg of a hawk or falcon while the other can be attached to a leash
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  1. (tr) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)
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Derived Formsjessed, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French ges, from Latin jactus a throw, from jacere to throw
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Word Origin and History for jess


leg-strap used in hawking and falconry, mid-14c., from Old French jes "straps fastened round the legs of a falcon," plural of jet, literally "cast, throw," from Latin iactus "a throw, cast," from iacere (see jet (v.)). Related: Jesses.

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