Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Irish Luck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An assessed tax.
  • n. Luck
  • v. To levy a cess.
  • n. The area along either side of a railroad track which is kept at a lower level than the sleeper bottom, in order to provide drainage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rate or tax.
  • n. Bound; measure.
  • intransitive v. To cease; to neglect.
  • transitive v. To rate; to tax; to assess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cease.
  • To neglect a legal duty.
  • To impose a tax upon; assess.
  • n. A rate or tax; a public- imposition.
  • n. In Scotland, the land-tax; a permanent tax fixed at Ā£47,954 per annum, to be levied out of the land-rent of Scotland forever, subject, however, to a power of redemption.
  • n. Estimation; measure.
  • n. Luck: used chiefly in the imprecation bad cess to you (it, them, etc.).

Etymologies

Possibly short for success.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened form of assess, spelled by analogy with census and other Latinate words. (Wiktionary)
Possibly from an archaic dialect word meaning "bog". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A cess is a form of octroi tax and has the advantage of the payer not having to pay up at every octroi post like in other cases.

    Times Now

  • 'Therefore, instead of burdening parents with hefty fee, the government should compensate the private schools by providing financial support out of education cess, which is kept unutilised in the Prathamik Shiksha Kosh (primary education fund) established in

    AndhraCafe.com

  • The Covenanters now became reckless and wild, for again torn asunder by the "cess" controversy (a dispute arose as to whether it was lawful to pay the tax or "cess" raised for an unlawful object, the carrying on of a Government persecuting the true Kirk) they were but

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The civic body is on a cess recovery drive and has identified owners who have registered their vehicles in Navi Mumbai but failed to pay cess which is mere one per cent of the cost of the vehicle, and four per cent less than what they would have to pay in Mumbai city.

    The Times of India

  • The civic body is on a cess recovery drive and has identified owners who have registered their vehicles in Navi Mumbai but failed to pay cess which is mere 1 per cent of the cost of the vehicle, and 4 per cent less than what they would have to pay in Mumbai city.

    The Economic Times

  • He also urged for removal of educational cess which is currently 2%.

    News Centre@myiris.com India's Most Comprehensive Financial Destination

  • "cess" (tax) on the Ulster chiefs, and to build an English fort in

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • After the fact, (when the pushing tips over and it's a done deal), the first effect to see is to count the bodies who are in the shallow end, exposed to the air, and who start to dry up without their previous pie-slice of cess.

    $300 a day for Gatsby (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Bottom line in the power shifting is some (how much?) tip of the pool so the cess flows a different way.

    $300 a day for Gatsby (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • State-owned ONGC may next week give consent for transfer of control in Cairn India to Vedanta Resources, provided the Cairn Energy subsidiary and the Anil Agarwal-led firm sign a legally binding agreement to share royalty and pay cess on production from their Rajasthan field.

    Deals India: Morning News Roundup

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    Spencer Tracy's voice here (2:10) is particularly typical.

    July 3, 2008

  • Now I really want to hear it.

    July 2, 2008

  • Sassarese is probably the rudest dialect in Italy. Even declarations of love sound like curses.

    July 2, 2008

  • Oh, I forgot: pronounced like English chess. It reminds cesso = toilet (sic!).

    July 2, 2008


  • I think I want to learn Sassarese. It reads like it sounds cool. And just saying you know Sassarese sounds infinitely sassier than plain old sassiness.

    July 2, 2008

  • Sassarese for Jeez.

    July 2, 2008

  • Scottish for land tax, Irish for luck.

    Railway jargon:
    The part of the top of the track formation from the toe of the ballast to the edge of the formation; less commonly, the space between an outer rail and the edge of the track-bed or permanent way structure.

    June 18, 2008