[sur-sing-guh l]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for surcingle

cinch, strap

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.

    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.

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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper