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

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

Examples of surcingle in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of surcingle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for surcingle

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

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“Surcingle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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