|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
A portion of food given to a guest (Genesis 43:34; 2 Samuel 11:8).
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) Mass; church service.
2. (n.) A quantity of food set on a table at one time; provision of food for a person or party for one meal; as, a mess of pottage; also, the food given to a beast at one time.
3. (n.) 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; as, the wardroom mess.
4. (n.) A set of four; -- from the old practice of dividing companies into sets of four at dinner.
5. (n.) The milk given by a cow at one milking.
6. (n.) A disagreeable mixture or confusion of things; hence, a situation resulting from blundering or from misunderstanding; as, he made a mess of it.
7. (v. i.) To take meals with a mess; to belong to a mess; to eat (with others); as, I mess with the wardroom officers.
8. (v. t.) To supply with a mess.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
mes (mas'eth): Any dish of food sent (Latin missum; French messe) to the table. It occurs in the Old Testament in Genesis 43:34 (twice); 2 Samuel 11:8 English Versions of the Bible, and in the New Testament in Hebrews 12:16, translating brosis.
Mess (3 Occurrences)
Hebrews 12:16 lest 'there be' any fornication, or profane person, as Esau, who for one mess of meat sold his own birthright. (ASV)
Genesis 43:34 And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him. (Root in KJV ASV WBS)
2 Samuel 11:8 And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. (KJV JPS ASV WBS)