a loose, white, wide-sleeved outer ecclesiastical vestment for some services, ranging from hip length to knee length
Origin of surpliceMiddle English surplis ; from Anglo-French surpliz ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin superpelliceum ; from Classical Latin super-, above (see super-) + pelliceum, fur robe, neuter of Classical Latin pelliceus, made of skins ; from pellis, skin (see fell)
A loose-fitting, white ecclesiastical gown with wide sleeves, worn over a cassock.
Origin of surpliceMiddle English surplis, from Anglo-Norman surpliz, variant of Old French sourpeliz, from Medieval Latin superpellīcium : Latin super-, super- + Medieval Latin pellīcium, fur coat (from Latin, neuter of pellīcius, made of skin, from pellis, skin; see pel-3 in Indo-European roots).
From Late Latin superpelliceum, from super (“over") and pellis (“fur").