surcoat

[sur-koht]

noun

a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
an outer coat or other outer garment.

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Origin of surcoat

1300–50; Middle English surcote < Middle French. See sur-1, coat
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British Dictionary definitions for surcoat

surcoat

noun

a tunic, often embroidered with heraldic arms, worn by a knight over his armour during the Middle Ages
an outer coat or other garment
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Word Origin and History for surcoat
n.

"outer coat," early 14c., from Old French surcote, from sur- "on, upon, over, above" (see sur-) + cote (see coat (n.)).

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