ess

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noun \ˈes\

Definition of ess

  1. 1 :  the letter s

  2. 2 :  something resembling the letter S in shape; especially :  an S-shaped curve in a road

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First Known Use of ess

1540


-ess

noun suffix

Definition of -ess

  1. :  female giantess

Origin and Etymology of -ess

Middle English -esse, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin -issa, from Greek


-ESS Defined for Kids

-ess

noun suffix \əs\

Definition of -ess for Students

  1. :  female goddess

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