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 jess (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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jess

Time Traveler for jess

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for jess

Cite this Entry

“Jess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jess. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on jess

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jess

Comments on jess

What made you want to look up jess? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!