[ sur-koht ]
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  1. a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.

  2. an outer coat or other outer garment.

Origin of surcoat

1300–50; Middle English surcote<Middle French. See sur-1, coat

Words Nearby surcoat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use surcoat in a sentence

  • But she was so engrossed by her surcoat that, for the moment, she did not ask herself the meaning of such indifference.

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
  • A knight in mailed armor and surcoat has met the fair, tall woman he (secretly) loves, on a turret stair.

  • Then came the Knight Marshal on a caparisoned steed, himself in a suit of gilt armour, and in a richly embroidered surcoat.

    Endymion | Benjamin Disraeli
  • The surcoat of the Black Prince, of embroidered velvet, still hangs above his monument, on which it is exactly reproduced.

    Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
  • The heat and the gentle wind soon dried her armour of spines and surcoat of leaves.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees

British Dictionary definitions for surcoat


/ (ˈsɜːˌkəʊt) /

  1. a tunic, often embroidered with heraldic arms, worn by a knight over his armour during the Middle Ages

  2. an outer coat or other garment

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