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[sur-sing-guh l] /ˈsɜrˌsɪŋ gəl/
a belt or girth that passes around the belly of a horse and over the blanket, pack, saddle, etc., and is buckled on the horse's back.
a beltlike fastening for a garment, especially a cassock.
Origin of surcingle
1350-1400; Middle English surcengle < Middle French, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + cengle belt < Latin cingulum; see cingulum Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for surcingle
Historical Examples
  • To this I was securely bound by a long strap resembling a surcingle.

  • It now occurred to me that the bandage, or surcingle, which enveloped me, was unique.

  • At last he began to back, and Ned and I let go of the surcingle.

    Phaeton Rogers Rossiter Johnson
  • You intend cutting your surcingle and running away, little coward?

    The Purple Land W. H. Hudson
  • The surcingle should lie neatly over the girths, and have an equal bearing with them.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
  • When he takes no heed of it, fold it up on his back and girth it on with the surcingle.

    Riding for Ladies W. A. Kerr
  • Can't you get a bit of string and tie up the surcingle Tommy?

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  • Each had a rug thrown over her horse, made fast with a surcingle, on which she sat, and appeared quite comfortable.

    Blanco y Colorado William C. Tetley
  • And the time, during which Monty arrived and dismounted, I killed by unloosening girth and surcingle.

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • The colonel had an old cavalry sword attached to a surcingle thrown over his shoulders.

    Life Gleanings T. J. Macon
British Dictionary definitions for surcingle


a girth for a horse which goes around the body, used esp with a racing saddle
the belt worn with a cassock
to put a surcingle on or over (a horse)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French surcengle, from sur- over + cengle a belt, from Latin cingulum
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Word Origin and History for surcingle

"a girth for a horse," late 14c., from Old French surcengle, from sur- "over" (see sur-) + cengle "a girdle," from Latin cingulum "girth" (see cinch (n.)).

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