jess

noun
\ ˈjes How to pronounce jess (audio) \

Definition of jess

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

Other Words from jess

jessed \ ˈjest How to pronounce jessed (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of jess

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jess

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

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“Jess.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jess. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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