Definition of surcoat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəːkəʊt/


1A loose robe worn over armour.
Example sentences
  • The priests were decked out in gray robes and surcoats which were decorated with archaic runes that Kefari didn't recognize.
1.1A sleeveless garment worn as part of the insignia of an order of knighthood.
Example sentences
  • The former regiment wore a grey sleeveless surcoat and the latter regiment a black one.
  • The man himself was obviously a Knight as could be deduced from the white surcoat emblazoned with the golden crest of a hawk covering the suit of chainmail he wore.
  • When I met with them they still wore their Bouren surcoats and armor.
1.2An outer coat of rich material.
Example sentences
  • She certainly changed her apparel and came forth in a ‘rich mantle and surcoat of purple velvet furred with ermines’.
  • She saw as well a slender young woman with shoulder length dark brown hair and pale blue eyes wearing a long brown tunic and a black surcoat intricately embroidered along its cuffs and hem.
  • The purple on his surcoat made his striking cobalt eyes seem deep violet.


Middle English: from Old French surcot, from sur 'over' + cot 'coat'.

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