1 [fes]
noun Heraldry.
an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
Also, fesse.

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

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fess (fɛs)
vb (foll by up)
informal chiefly (US) to make a confession
[C19: shortened from confess]

fesse or fess (fɛs)
heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar
[C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet]
fess or fess
[C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet]

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aphetic form of confess, attested by 1840, Amer.Eng. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.
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