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[ser-too, -toot; French syr-too]
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noun, plural sur·touts [ser-tooz, -toots; French syr-too] /sərˈtuz, -ˈtuts; French sürˈtu/.
  1. a man's close-fitting overcoat, especially a frock coat.
  2. a hood with a mantle, worn by women.
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Origin of surtout

1680–90; < French: literally, over all, equivalent to sur upon, on (see sur-1) + tout everything
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Related Words for surtout

raincoat, parka, capote, raglan, ulster, surtout, topcoat, inverness, paletot

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Historical Examples of surtout

  • From Warren's Revere went home, got his "boots and surtout," and started.

    The Siege of Boston

    Allen French

  • Uncle Winthrop put on his surtout with the great fur collar.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • He was one of the office-lads, and probably in his first surtout.

  • Balandrau, a surtout worn by the Brothers of Mercy in Portugal.

  • Arrows replied by drawing forth a memorandum-book from the pocket of his surtout.

    The Haunted Room

    A. L. O. E.

British Dictionary definitions for surtout


  1. a man's overcoat resembling a frock coat, popular in the late 19th century
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Word Origin for surtout

C17: from French, from sur over + tout all
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