F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fes]
    • /fɛs/
    • /ˈfes/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fes]
    • /fɛs/

Definitions of fess word

  • noun fess a teacher. 1
  • noun fess An ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal stripe across the middle of the shield. 1
  • verb fess to make a confession 0
  • noun fess a horizontal band forming the middle third of a shield 0
  • noun fess (heraldry) A horizontal band across the middle of the shield. 0
  • verb fess To confess; to admit. 0

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Origin of fess

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English fesse < Anglo-French ≪ Latin fascia fascia

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Parts of speech for Fess


fess popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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