surcingle

noun sur·cin·gle \ ˈsər-ˌsiŋ-gəl \

Definition of surcingle

1 : a belt, band, or girth passing around the body of a horse to bind a saddle or pack fast to the horse's back
2 archaic : the cincture of a cassock

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Origin and Etymology of surcingle

Middle English sursengle, from Anglo-French surcengle, from sur- + cengle girdle, from Latin cingulum — more at cingulum


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