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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fesse, fessnoun

    (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fessenoun

    In heraldry. The fesse is so called of the Latin word fascia, a band or girdle, possessing the third part of the escutcheon over the middle: if there be above one, you must call them bars; if with the field there be odd pieces, as seven or nine, then you must name the field, and say so many bars; if even, as six, eight, or ten, you must say barwise, or barry of six, eight, or ten, as the king of Hungary bears argent and gules barry of eight. Henry Peacham on Blazoning.


  1. fesse

    In heraldry, a fess or fesse (from Middle English fesse, Old French faisse, and Latin fasciacode: lat promoted to code: la , "band") is a charge on a coat of arms (or flag) that takes the form of a band running horizontally across the centre of the shield. Writers disagree in how much of the shield's surface is to be covered by a fess or other ordinary, ranging from one-fifth to one-third. The Oxford Guide to Heraldry states that earlier writers including Leigh, Holme, and Guillim favour one-third, while later writers such as Edmondson favour one-fifth "on the grounds that a bend, pale, or chevron occupying one-third of the field makes the coat look clumsy and disagreeable." A fess is likely to be shown narrower if it is uncharged, that is, if it does not have other charges placed on it, and/or if it is to be shown with charges above and below it; and shown wider if charged. The fess or bar, termed fascecode: fra promoted to code: fr in French heraldry, should not be confused with fasces.


  1. fesse

    A fesse is a term used in heraldry, a field of study that deals with armorial bearings or coats of arms. It refers to a horizontal band that runs across the center of a shield. The fesse is one of the most common charges (symbols) in heraldry, representing a military belt or girdle of honor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fessenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [OF. fesse, faisse, F. fasce, fr. L. fascia band. See Fascia.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fesse

    Fess, fes, n. (her.) one of the ordinaries—a band over the middle of an escutcheon, one-third its breadth. [Fr. fasce—L. fascia, a band.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fesse in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fesse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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