Fess definition

fĕs
To admit to something; confess, often used with up:
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A wide horizontal band forming the middle section of an escutcheon.
noun
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(heraldry) A horizontal band forming the middle third of a shield.
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To confess; to admit.
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(heraldry) A horizontal band across the middle of the shield.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fess
Plural:
fesses

Origin of fess

  • Middle English fesse from Old French from Latin fascia band

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for confess

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French fesse, an alteration of faisse, from Latin fascia

    From Wiktionary

  • From confess, by shortening

    From Wiktionary