- a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
- to put jesses on (a hawk).
Origin of jess
- the father of David. I Sam. 16.
- a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God exists.”
Examples from the Web for jesses
Historical Examples of jesses
Having seen the cormorants, they begin tugging excitedly at their jesses.Jungle Folk
The jesses were of crimson and yellow silk, its legs fancifully adorned with little bells fastened by rings of leather.
Dr. Hedge's clear and chiselled statements cut all the jesses of our thoughts, and they rise unhooded into his still air.
The one that held the falcon was covered with an embroidered leather glove, but the other was bare, holding a set of jesses.The Shadow of the East
E. M. Hull
The falconer of war had unhooded his new brood of hawks and they mounted up, free of bells and jesses.Aces Up
- 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
- (tr) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)
Word Origin for jess
- Old Testament the father of David (I Samuel 16)
Word Origin and History for jesses
masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.
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.