: a short strap secured on the leg of a hawk and usually provided with a ring for attaching a leash
jessed adjective

Word History


Middle English ges, from Anglo-French gez, jettes, plural of get, literally, throw, from geter, jeter to throw, release (a hawk) — more at jet

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jess was in the 14th century

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“Jess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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