- an ordinary in the form of a broad horizontal band across the middle of an escutcheon.
- heraldry an ordinary consisting of a horizontal band across a shield, conventionally occupying a third of its length and being wider than a bar
- (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).