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[fes] /fɛs/
noun, Heraldry.
1.
an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Also, fesse.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-FrenchLatin fascia fascia
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British Dictionary definitions for fesse

fesse

/fɛs/
noun
1.
(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
C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet

fess

/fɛs/
verb
1.
(informal, mainly US) (intransitive) foll by up. to make a confession
Word Origin
C19: shortened from confess
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Word Origin and History for fesse

fess

v.

shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.

n.

"white horizontal band across an escutcheon," late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

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Slang definitions & phrases for fesse

fess

verb phrase

To confess; admit the truth: Then why doesn't the judge come clean and fess up?/ He finally fessed up to something that I've known a long time (1840+)


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Related Abbreviations for fesse

fess

confess
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