fesses

fess

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


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

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fess

3 [fes]
noun Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
a teacher.
Also, fessor.


Origin:
shortening of professor

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

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