- a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
- an outer coat or other outer garment.
Origin of surcoat
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Examples from the Web for surcoat
The knight wears the collar of SS, and his arms are on his surcoat.Yorkshire Painted And Described
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.Military Manners and Customs
James Anson Farrer
In one instance a surcoat is shown of scaled and studded pattern.Spanish Arms and Armour
Albert F. Calvert
- 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
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