From Middle High German gesæze, gesezze, gesetze, gesōze, from Old High German gisāzi (“seat, residence, camp, backside”), from "where one sits on"; compare German sitzen. Possibly ultimately from a Proto-Germanic *sētiją. Compare also English seat, Icelandic sæti, Middle Dutch gesaete.
- IPA(key): /ɡəˈzɛːs/ (standard; used naturally in western Germany and Switzerland)
- IPA(key): /ɡəˈzeːs/ (overall more common; particularly northern and eastern regions)
- Hyphenation: Ge‧säß