Definitions

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

  • n. A short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk or other bird used in falconry, to which a leash may be fastened.
  • transitive v. To put jesses or a jess on (a hawk, for example).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A short strap fastened around the leg of a bird used in falconry, to which a leash may be fastened.
  • v. To fasten a strap around the leg of a hawk.
  • n. A compact coal-like, velvet-black mineral, with a polish making it fit for use in jewelry.
  • n. A very dark, velvety black shade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To secure with jesses; place the jesses on.
  • n. A short strap, usually of leather, sometimes of silk or other material, fastened about the leg of a hawk used in falconry, and continually worn.
  • n. A ribbon that hangs down from a garland or crown in falconry.

Etymologies

Middle English ges, from Old French, pl. of jet, something thrown, from Vulgar Latin *iectus, alteration of Latin iactus, past participle of iacere, to throw; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ges, from Middle French gies, from the plural of jet ("throw"), from jeter ("to throw"), itself from Latin iactare. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Middle French jaiet, from Latin gagates 'throw', from Gagas (a town and river in Asia Minor). (Wiktionary)

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  • a thin strap, traditionally made from leather, used to tether a hawk or falcon

    August 21, 2007

  • Wrist through the braided jess of her sunshade.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 3

    December 30, 2006