As nouns the difference between mess and fiction
is that mess
is (obsolete) mass; church service or mess
can be a disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder while fiction
is literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
As a verb mess
) to take meals with a mess or mess
can be (label
) to make a mess of.
From (etyl) (m), partly from (etyl) . More at (m); see also (m).
(obsolete) Mass; church service.
A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; also, the food given to an animal at one time.
- A mess of pottage.
A number of persons who eat together, and for whom food is prepared in common; especially, persons in the military or naval service who eat at the same table.
- At their savoury dinner set / Of herbs and other country messes .
* 1610 , , IV. iv. 11:
- the wardroom mess
A set of four (from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner).
- But that our feasts / In every mess have folly, and the feeders / Digest it with accustom,
(US) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
* Eton mess
* lose the number of one's mess
* mess hall
* mess up
* Mills Mess
(label) To take meals with a mess.
(label) To belong to a mess.
(label) To eat (with others).
(label) To supply with a mess.
Perhaps a corruption of (etyl) , compare (muss), or derived from Etymology 1 "mixed foods, as for animals".
A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; a disorder.
(label) A large quantity or number.
* see also
(label) To make a mess of.
(label) To throw into confusion.
(label) To interfere.
(terms derived from "mess")
* mess around
* mess up
* mess with
Literary type using invented or imaginative writing, instead of real facts, usually written as prose.
- The company’s accounts contained a number of blatant fictions .
- I am a great reader of fiction .
- The butler’s account of the crime was pure fiction .
* science fiction
* speculative fiction
* fiction section