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surplice

1surplice

noun sur·plice \ˈsər-pləs\

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

Full Definition of SURPLICE

:  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

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

2surplice

adjective

Definition of SURPLICE

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

First Known Use of SURPLICE

circa 1897

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

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