Other Word Forms
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").