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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 ?
He had been careful to begin both of his inquest-statements with the fight, without con- fessing the grave-robbery that preceded it; therefore it was deemed wisest not to try the case in the courts at present.
The Wainwright of a few years ago (before recently fessing up to problems with crystal meth and sex) would have known what to make of a song called "Want.
Fessing up on their pre-pubescent fantasy girl, 46% claimed that Alyssa Milano was definitely the `Boss' while 38% had beach dreams of Pamela Anderson.