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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

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.]


(fɛs) or


(Heraldry) heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar
[C15: from Anglo-French fesse, from Latin fascia band, fillet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fesse - (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shieldfesse - (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
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Where would you encounter a band called a fesse or fess?
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The JI leader demanded of the government to make sure the recent hike in fesses by private schools should be withdrawn immediately.