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cess1  (ses), 
  1. British Terms[Brit.]a tax, assessment, or lien.
  2. (in Scotland) a land tax.
  3. (in Ireland) a military assessment.
  4. (in India) an import or sales tax on a commodity.

  • British Terms[Brit.]to tax;
  • Etymology:1400–50;
    late Middle English;
    aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun, nominal use of assess (verb, verbal)

    cess2  (ses), 
    n. [Irish Eng. Informal.]

      British Termsluck (usually used in the expression bad cess to):Bad cess to them!
    • perh. aphetic variant of success 1855–60

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    cess /sɛs/ n
    1. Brit any of several special taxes, such as a land tax in Scotland
    Etymology: 16th Century: short for assessment
    cess /sɛs/ n
    1. an Irish slang word for luck
    Etymology: 19th Century: probably from cess1 (sense 2)

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