Definition of surplice in English:

surplice

Syllabification: sur·plice
Pronunciation: /ˈsərplis
 
/

noun

  • A loose white linen vestment varying from hip-length to calf-length, worn over a cassock by clergy, acolytes, and choristers at Christian church services.
    More example sentences
    • Powerful lights made their white surplices glow like neon, and the pulpitted priest seemed to be borne aloft on a cloud of pure radiance.
    • White T-shirts, white jeans, white ponchos, even white surplices stood out in the hot July sun.
    • Once I had stuffed myself behind the wheel with my surplice billowing around me like a collapsed parachute, I switched into passive mode.

Derivatives

surpliced

adjective
More example sentences
  • The introduction of the surpliced choir in England has been associated with the Cambridge Camden Society.
  • We had banners, chanting, and a number of surpliced clergy, besides a large congregation.
  • Gradually a surpliced choir began to lead the music.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French sourpelis, from medieval Latin superpellicium, from super- 'above' + pellicia 'fur garment'.

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