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Origin of surcoat

1300–50; Middle English surcote < Middle French. See sur-1, coat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for surcoat

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

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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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