surplice

[ sur-plis ]
/ ˈsɜr plɪs /

noun

a loose-fitting, broad-sleeved white vestment, worn over the cassock by clergy and choristers.
a garment in which the two halves of the front cross diagonally.

Origin of surplice

1250–1300; Middle English surplis < Anglo-French surpliz, syncopated variant of Old French surpeliz < Medieval Latin superpellīcium (vestīmentum) over-pelt (garment), neuter of superpellīcius (adj.), equivalent to Latin super- super- + pellīt(us) clothed with skins + -ius adj. suffix

Related forms

sur·pliced, adjectiveun·sur·pliced, adjective

Can be confused

surplice surplus
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British Dictionary definitions for surplice

surplice

/ (ˈsɜːplɪs) /

noun

a loose wide-sleeved liturgical vestment of linen, reaching to the knees, worn over the cassock by clergymen, choristers, and acolytes

Derived Forms

surpliced, adjective

Word Origin for surplice

C13: via Anglo-French from Old French sourpelis, from Medieval Latin superpellīcium, from super- + pellīcium coat made of skins, from Latin pellis a skin
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