con·fes·sion·al / kənˈfeshənl/ • n. 1. an enclosed stall in a church divided by a screen or curtain in which a priest sits to hear people confess their sins. 2. an admission or acknowledgment that one has done something that one is ashamed or embarrassed about; a confession. • adj. 1. (esp. of speech or writing) in which a person reveals or admits to private thoughts or past incidents, esp. ones that cause shame or embarrassment. ∎ of or relating to religious confession. 2. of or relating to confessions of faith or doctrinal systems.