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fess 1

also fesse  (fĕs)
n. Heraldry
A wide horizontal band forming the middle section of an escutcheon.

[Middle English fesse, from Old French, from Latin fascia, band.]

fess 2

 (fĕs)
intr.v. fessed, fess·ing, fess·es Informal
To admit to something; confess, often used with up: "won't fess up to being even vaguely liberal" (Jonathan Alter).

[Short for confess.]

fess

(fɛs)
vb
informal chiefly (foll by: up) US to make a confession
[C19: shortened from confess]

fess1

or fesse

(fɛs)

n.
a wide horizontal band across the center of a heraldic field.
[1350–1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-French « Latin fascia fascia]

fess2

(fɛs)

v.t., v.i.
Informal. fess up, to confess or concede.
[1830–40; aph. variant of confess]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shieldfess - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
ordinary - (heraldry) any of several conventional figures used on shields
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
References in classic literature ?
They are the DOUBLE -- ye have con- fessed it yourself.
He promised to stay with them, at least until they could deter- mine what to do, or until the missing man arrived, and pro- fessed to be an expert shot with the revolver--a weapon strange to him--in order to give them confidence.
Evidently, not many people, as only about 12,000 taxpayers - one of every 1,000 - fessed up to their purchases.