(1) (heraldry) an ordinary consisting of a broad horizontal band across a shield
From , an alteration of , from
- A horizontal band across the middle of the shield.
- 1892: Lord Robert Walsingham de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral—Hum! Arms: Azure, three caltrops in chief over a fess sable. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor’ (Norton 2005 p.294)