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surplice

[ sur-plis ]
/ ˈsɜr plɪs /
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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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM surplice

surpliced, adjectiveun·sur·pliced, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH surplice

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 of surplice

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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