{{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; fessing.

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