1. a short strap fastened around the leg of a hawk and attached to the leash.

verb (used with object)

  1. to put jesses on (a hawk).


  1. a male or female given name, form of Jesse, Jessie, or Jessica.


  1. a short leather strap, one end of which is permanently attached to the leg of a hawk or falcon while the other can be attached to a leash


  1. (tr) to put jesses on (a hawk or falcon)

leg-strap used in hawking and falconry, mid-14c., from Old French jes “straps fastened round the legs of a falcon,” plural of jet, literally “cast, throw,” from Latin iactus “a throw, cast,” from iacere (see jet (v.)). Related: Jesses.

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