Definition of fess
1 : a broad horizontal bar across the middle of a heraldic field
2 : the center point of an armorial escutcheon
Recent Examples of fess from the Web
When Mary Drake 'fessed up to the police about the burial spot, that removed the final piece of A.D.'s blackmail against the girls.
Big oops: Guadalupe then 'fessed up to having his girlfriend's pistol in his pocket, which triggered his arrest, according to his arrest report.
And von Frankenstein fesses up to being the reason behind any delay.
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Origin and Etymology of fess
short for confess
First Known Use: 1840See Words from the same year
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