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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
cess1  (ses),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. British Termsa 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.

  1. British Termsto tax;
  • 1400–50; late Middle English; aphetic variant of obsolete assess assessment, noun, nominal use of assess (verb, verbal)

cess2  (ses),USA pronunciation n. [Irish Eng. Informal.]
  1. 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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