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jess

[jes] /dʒɛs/
noun
1.
a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
verb (used with object)
2.
to put jesses on (a hawk).
Origin
1300-1350
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

Jesse

[jes-ee] /ˈdʒɛs i/
noun
1.
the father of David. I Sam. 16.
2.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “God exists.”.

Jess

[jes] /dʒɛs/
noun
1.
a male or female given name, form of Jesse, Jessie, or Jessica.
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British Dictionary definitions for jesses

jess

/dʒɛs/
noun
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
verb
2.
(transitive) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)
Derived Forms
jessed, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ges, from Latin jactus a throw, from jacere to throw

Jesse

/ˈdʒɛsɪ/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the father of David (I Samuel 16)
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Word Origin and History for jesses

Jesse

masc. proper name, biblical father of David, from Latin, from Greek Iessai, from Hebrew Yishay, of unknown origin.

jess

n.

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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jesses in the Bible

firm, or a gift, a son of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17, 22; Matt. 1:5, 6; Luke 3:32). He was the father of eight sons, the youngest of whom was David (1 Sam. 17:12). The phrase "stem of Jesse" is used for the family of David (Isa. 11:1), and "root of Jesse" for the Messiah (Isa. 11:10; Rev. 5:5). Jesse was a man apparently of wealth and position at Bethlehem (1 Sam. 17:17, 18, 20; Ps. 78:71). The last reference to him is of David's procuring for him an asylum with the king of Moab (1 Sam. 22:3).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for jesses

Jesse

in the Old Testament, the father of King David. Jesse was the son of Ohed, and the grandson of Boaz and Ruth. He was a farmer and sheep breeder in Bethlehem. David was the youngest of Jesse's eight sons. The appellation "son of Jesse" served as a synonym for David both at Saul's court and, subsequently, when David became king. It became a standard poetic metaphor in the Bible. Phrases such as "root of Jesse" and "stump of Jesse" (Isaiah 11:1,10) expand the metaphor. All evoke the figure of David. That the family of David would endure forever was an article of faith in monarchic circles (2 Samuel 7), supported by the fact that his dynasty had occupied the throne on Mount Zion in unbroken succession for over four centuries.

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