fess


1fess

noun \ˈfes\

Definition of FESS

1
:  a broad horizontal bar across the middle of a heraldic field
2
:  the center point of an armorial escutcheon

Variants of FESS

fess also fesse \ˈfes\

Origin of FESS

Middle English fesse, from Anglo-French faisse band, from Latin fascia — more at fascia
First Known Use: 15th century

2fess

verb \ˈfes\

Definition of FESS

intransitive verb
:  to own up :  confess —usually used with up

Origin of FESS

short for confess
First Known Use: 1840

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