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  1. a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
  2. 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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Related Words for surcoat

blouse, jacket, robe, coat, chiton, surcoat, kirtle, toga

Examples from the Web for surcoat

Historical Examples of surcoat

  • The knight wears the collar of SS, and his arms are on his surcoat.

    Yorkshire Painted And Described

    Gordon Home

  • Paperarello bowed, put the nose in his surcoat, and rode away.

  • Paperarello bowed, fastened the ear inside his surcoat and rode away.

  • Richness of armour served also the same purpose as the surcoat.

  • In one instance a surcoat is shown of scaled and studded pattern.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

British Dictionary definitions for surcoat


  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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Word Origin and History for surcoat


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

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