Surcoat

Surcoat Sur"coat`, n. [OE. surcote, OF. surcote. See {Sur-}, and {Coat}, and cf. {Overcoat}.] 1. A coat worn over the other garments; especially, the long and flowing garment of knights, worn over the armor, and frequently emblazoned with the arms of the wearer. [1913 Webster]

A long surcoat of pers upon he had.. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

At night, or in the rain, He dons a surcoat which he doffs at morn. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

2. A name given to the outer garment of either sex at different epochs of the Middle Ages. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • surcoat — outer coat, early 14c., from O.Fr. surcote, from sur on, upon, over, above + cote (see COAT (Cf. coat)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Surcoat — (Surcote, French) An overgarment of any kind worn by both sexes in the 13th and 14th centuries and by the men in military as well as civil attire. It resembled the super tunic. It was similar to a bliaus …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • surcoat — [sʉr′kōt΄] n. [ME surcote < MFr: see SUR 1 & COAT] an outer coat or gown; esp. in the Middle Ages, a loose, short cloak worn over armor …   English World dictionary

  • Surcoat — A surcoat was an outer garment commonly worn in the Middle Ages by both men and women. It can either refer to a coat worn over other garments or the outer garment of a person. The name derives from French meaning over the cotta , a long, wide… …   Wikipedia

  • surcoat — /serr koht /, n. 1. a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms. 2. an outer coat or other outer garment. [1300 50; ME surcote < MF. See SUR 1, COAT] * * * ▪ garment also spelled  Surcote,         sleeved or… …   Universalium

  • surcoat — UK [ˈsɜː(r)ˌkəʊt] / US [ˈsɜrˌkoʊt] noun [countable] Word forms surcoat : singular surcoat plural surcoats a coat with no sleeves that soldiers used to wear over metal armour …   English dictionary

  • Surcoat — a sleeveless cloth gown that a knight wore over armor a long, tunic like, cloth garment worn over the armour, in a variety of forms, from the 1170s to the 1420s. The early surcoat was almost heel length, and progressively became shorter and… …   Medieval glossary

  • surcoat — noun Etymology: Middle English surcote, from Anglo French, from sur + cote coat Date: 13th century an outer coat or cloak; specifically a tunic worn over armor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surcoat — noun A loose garment without sleeves worn over a suit of armor, sometimes colored or embroidered with the wearers coat of arms …   Wiktionary

  • Surcoat — Outer coat of rich material, also worn over a suit of armour, decorated sometimes with heraldic coats of *arms; later, such a coat worn shortened was one of the signs of knighthood. [< Fr. sur = over] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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