ess


noun

  1. the letter S, s.
  2. something shaped like an S: The road wound among the mountains in great esses.

  1. a suffix forming distinctively feminine nouns: countess; goddess; lioness.

suffix forming nouns

  1. indicating a femalewaitress; lioness

fem. suffix, from French -esse, from Late Latin -issa, from Greek -issa (cognate with Old English fem. agent suffix -icge); rare in classical Greek but more common later, in diakonissa “deaconess” and other Church terms picked up by Latin.

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