Origin of surplice
Examples from the Web for surplice
Julien rejoined the abb Chlan, who scolded him roundly and gave him a cassock and a surplice.The Red and the Black|Stendhal
He wore now a surplice, with a purple band over his shoulders, and on his pale face there shone a tranquil and tender light.
The parson in his surplice had come down the aisle and was standing to listen.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
The surplice, which Mr. Poodle was still holding, parted with a rip, and Gissing was free.Where the Blue Begins|Christopher Morley
He soon entered, dressed in his surplice, and took his place within the chancel.Victor's Triumph|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
British Dictionary definitions for surplice
Word Origin for surplice
Word Origin and History for surplice
"loose white robe," late 13c., from Old French surpeliz, from Medieval Latin superpellicium "a surplice," literally "an over fur garment," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + Medieval Latin pellicium "fur garment, tunic of skins," from Latin pellis "skin" (see film (n.)). So called because it was put on over fur garments worn by clergymen to keep warm in unheated medieval churches.