Definitions for JESSdʒɛs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.
Origin of jess:
1300–50; ME ges < OF ges, gez, getz < L jactus a throwing, der. of jac(ere) to throw
A short form of the male given name Jesse.
A short form of the female given name Jessica.
Origin: From ges, from gies, from the plural of jet, from jeter, itself from iactare.
a short strap of leather or silk secured round the leg of a hawk, to which the leash or line, wrapped round the falconer's hand, was attached when used. See Illust. of Falcon