Surplice definition

sûrplĭs
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A loose-fitting, white ecclesiastical gown with wide sleeves, worn over a cassock.
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A loose, white, wide-sleeved outer ecclesiastical vestment for some services, ranging from hip length to knee length.
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A liturgical vestment of the Christian Church. It has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, with wide or moderately wide sleeves, reaching to the hips or knees. It usually features lace decoration and may have embroidered bordures.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
surplice
Plural:
surplices

Origin of surplice

  • Middle 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 pel-3 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin superpelliceum, from super (“over") and pellis (“fur").

    From Wiktionary