noun Heraldry.

  1. an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.


  1. heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar


  1. (intr foll by up) informal, mainly US to make a confession

shortened form of confess, attested by 1840, American English. Related: Fessed; fesses; fessing.


“white horizontal band across an escutcheon,” late 15c., from Old French faisce, from Latin fascia (see fasces).

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