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surplice

noun sur·plice \ ˈsər-pləs \

Definition of surplice

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

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Origin and Etymology 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


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surplice

adjective

Definition of surplice

:having a diagonally overlapping neckline or closing
  • a surplice collar
  • surplice sweaters

First Known Use of surplice

circa 1897


SURPLICE Defined for English Language Learners

surplice

noun

Definition of surplice for English Language Learners

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


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