\ ˈes How to pronounce ess (audio) \

Definition of ess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of -ess (Entry 2 of 2)

: female giantess

Examples of ess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But no one made Shepherd feel like the hostess with the most-ess more than Nash. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 3 May 2021 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 Each busin ess has ownership ties to Mr. Ruderman or a separate Ruderman family trust, according to the complaint. Peg Brickley, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2018 Day One Arrive in Istanbul, where you will be met at the gate of the aircraft by our VIP host/ess with a name sign. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, 5 Oct. 2016 Other common menu mispronunciations include espresso (it’s ess, not ex) and pho (fuh), the Vietnamese dish many mistakenly call foe. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2017 Through Lime Rock’s alternate Uphill section—a hard right at 35 mph, then full throttle up two steep ess bends—the TT RS is more neutral in these sharp transitions, where the RS3 can fall out of line. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 3 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of ess


1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ess

Noun suffix

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

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“Ess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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noun suffix
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Kids Definition of -ess

: female goddess


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