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surplice

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noun sur·plice \ˈsər-pləs\

Simple Definition of surplice

  • : a loose, white piece of clothing that is worn by priests or singers at church services

Full Definition of surplice

  1. :  a loose white outer ecclesiastical vestment usually of knee length with large open sleeves

Origin of surplice

Middle English surplis, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin superpellicium, from super- + pellicium coat of skins, from Latin, neuter of pellicius made of skins, from pellis skin — more at fell


First Known Use: 13th century


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surplice

adjective sur·plice

Definition of surplice

  1. :  having a diagonally overlapping neckline or closing <a surplice collar> <surplice sweaters>



Circa 1897

First Known Use of surplice

circa 1897


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