1 of 2


: the letter s
: something resembling the letter S in shape
especially : an S-shaped curve in a road


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noun suffix

: female

Examples of ess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
New Blue bites ten yards out of its disadvantage on hard braking, then closes in several feet more as the pairs arcs into the left-hand entry to the uphill ess-section. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2020 Elliott and Truex were back in front for the restart on Lap 66, but Truex challenged right off the green flag, the two exchanging bumps speeding up through the esses, but Elliott never relinquished the lead. John Kekis,, 4 Aug. 2019 The Supra manages to be both stable in long sweepers and agile in esses that force the suspension to load and unload side-to-side. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2019

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Word History


Noun suffix

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

First Known Use


1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ess was in 1540

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Cite this Entry

“Ess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


noun suffix
 also  ˌes
: female

Noun suffix

derived from Greek -issa (feminine noun suffix)

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