Definition of Fesse

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

Exact synonyms: Fess
Generic synonyms: Ordinary
Category relationships: Heraldry



Definition of Fesse

1. a horizontal band across the middle of a heraldic shield [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fesse

fescennine
fescue
fescue foot
fescue poisoning
fescues
fesh-fesh
fesh fesh
feshschrifts
fesnyng
fesnyngs
fess
fess point
fess points
fess up
fesse (current term)
fessed
fessed up
fesses
fesses up
fessing
fessing up
fessitude
fesswise
fest
festa
festal
festally
festals
festas

Literary usage of Fesse

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1. The British Herald Or, Cabinet of Armorial Bearings of the Nobility & Gentry ...by Thomas Robson by Thomas Robson (1830)
"fesse chequy, divided into squares, not less than three rows, fesse ... fesse coupé, or coppée, also termed ramped or rompu, and and by some a humet, ..."

2. The British Herald Or, Cabinet of Armorial Bearings of the Nobility & Gentry ...by Thomas Robson by Thomas Robson (1830)
"Bracy, gu. a fesse ar. in chief, two mullets with six points or. Bracy, ar. on a chief gu. three mullets and a label of the first. Bracy, gn. a fesse ar. in ..."

3. The Visitation of Shropshire, Taken in the Year 1623 by Robert Treswell, Augustine Vincent, William Camden, College of Arms (Great Britain) (1889)
"Gules, on a fesse engrailed argent between three griffins' heads erased or three ... Quarterly of six: 1, Quarterly per fesse indented argent and gules, ..."

4. English Heraldry by Charles Boutell (1867)
"Per Pale, or Parted per Pate, or Party per Pale. No. 29. Per fesse, or Parted per fesse. No. 30. (Nos. 28 and 29 together) Per Cross, ..."

5. The History of Freemasonry in Canada: From Its Introduction in 1749 by John Ross Robertson (1900)
"B. The Chevron. D. The pale is a perpendicular band placed in the centre of the shield and occupying one-third ol it. 1-ig. A. The fesse is an ordinary, ..."

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