an outer coat or gown; esp. in the Middle Ages, a loose, short cloak worn over armor
Origin of surcoatMiddle English surcote ; from MFr: see sur- and amp; coat
- A loose outer coat or gown.
- A tunic worn in the Middle Ages by a knight over his armor.
Origin of surcoatMiddle English surcote, from Old French : sur-, sur- + cote, coat; see coat.