Definition of surcoat in English:


Line breaks: sur|coat
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːkəʊt


  • 1A loose robe worn over armour.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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