Jess definition

jĕs
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A short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk or other bird used in falconry, to which a leash may be fastened.
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To put jesses or a jess on (a hawk, for example).
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A strap for fastening around a falcon's leg, with a ring at one end for attaching a leash.
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To fasten jesses on.
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(falconry) A short strap fastened around the leg of a bird used in falconry, to which a leash may be fastened.
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(falconry) To fasten a strap around the leg of a hawk.
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A compact coal-like, velvet-black mineral, with a polish making it fit for use in jewelry.
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A very dark, velvety black shade.
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A short form of the male given name Jesse.
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A short form of the female given name Jessica.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jess
Plural:
jesses

Origin of jess

  • Middle English ges from Old French pl. of jet something thrown from Vulgar Latin iectus alteration of Latin iactus past participle of iacere to throw yē- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English ges, from Middle French gies, from the plural of jet (“throw”), from jeter (“to throw”), itself from Latin iactare.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Middle French jaiet, from Latin gagates 'throw', from Gagas (a town and river in Asia Min).

    From Wiktionary

  • From biblical Jesse or Jessica, ultimately from Hebrew.

    From Wiktionary