surcingle

noun

sur·​cin·​gle ˈsər-ˌsiŋ-gəl How to pronounce surcingle (audio)
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That came to light when a lowbrau burst into the ball pasture with several slugs of something under his surcingle slightly stronger than Hyson. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of surcingle was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Surcingle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surcingle. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

surcingle

noun

sur·​cin·​gle ˈsər-ˌsiŋ-gəl How to pronounce surcingle (audio)
: a belt or band passing around the body of a horse to bind a saddle or pack fast to the horse's back

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