I. noun also fesse Etymology: Middle English fesse, from Anglo-French faisse band, from Latin fascia — more at fascia Date: 15th century 1. a broad horizontal bar across the middle of a heraldic field 2. the center point of an armorial escutcheon II. intransitive verb Etymology: short for confess Date: 1840 to own up ; confess — usually used with up

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  • Fess — is also an acronym for functional endoscopic sinus surgery.In heraldry, a fess is a charge on a coat of arms that takes the form of a band running horizontally and centrally across the shield. Writers disagree in how much of the shield s surface… …   Wikipedia

  • Fess — Fess, Fesse Fesse, n. [OF. fesse, faisse, F. fasce, fr. L. fascia band. See {Fascia}.] (Her.) A band drawn horizontally across the center of an escutcheon, and containing in breadth the third part of it; one of the nine honorable ordinaries.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fess — bezeichnet: eine Operationsmethode in der HNO Heilkunde. FESS ist das Akronym aus Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery . der Kurzname für Professor Longhair, ein US amerikanischer Musiker der Vorname von Fess Parker (1924–2010), amerikanischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • fess — [fes] v fess up to admit that you have done something wrong, although it is not very serious = ↑own up ▪ Come on, fess up! Who ate that last cookie? …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fess — [ fes ] verb ,fess up phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL to admit that something is true or that you have done something wrong: It s time to fess up, did you spend all that money? …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fess — or fesse [fes] n. [ME fesse < OFr < L fascia, a band, FASCIA] Heraldry a horizontal band forming the middle third of a shield …   English World dictionary

  • fess — con·fess·ed·ly; con·fess·ing·ly; fess; pro·fess; pro·fess·ant; con·fess; …   English syllables

  • fess — UK [fes] / US verb Word forms fess : present tense I/you/we/they fess he/she/it fesses present participle fessing past tense fessed past participle fessed Phrasal verbs: fess up …   English dictionary

  • fess — {{11}}fess (n.) white horizontal band across an escutcheon, late 15c., from O.Fr. faisce, from L. fascia (see FASCES (Cf. fasces)). {{12}}fess (v.) aphetic form of CONFESS (Cf. confess), attested by 1840, Amer.Eng. Related: Fessed; fesses;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • fess — fess1 [fɛs] (also fesse) noun Heraldry an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal stripe across the middle of the shield. Phrases in fess across the middle third of the field. Origin C15: from OFr. fesse, alt. of faisse, from L. fascia band .… …   English new terms dictionary

  • fess — verb fess up (I) AmE informal to admit that you have done something wrong but it is not very serious: Come on, fess up! Who ate that last cookie? …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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