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
belt < Latin cingulum;
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Examples from the Web for surcingle
Historical Examples of surcingle
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.
You intend cutting your surcingle and running away, little coward?
The surcingle should lie neatly over the girths, and have an equal bearing with them.
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 for surcingle
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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