surcoat

surcoat

[sur-koht]
noun
1.
a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
2.
an outer coat or other outer garment.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English surcote < Middle French. See sur-1, coat

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surcoat (ˈsɜːˌkəʊt)
 
n
1.  a tunic, often embroidered with heraldic arms, worn by a knight over his armour during the Middle Ages
2.  an outer coat or other garment

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surcoat
"outer coat," early 14c., from O.Fr. surcote, from sur- "on, upon, over, above" + cote (see coat).
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surcoat

sleeved or sleeveless outer garment worn by European men and women during the 13th and 14th centuries. The surcoat for men was usually a tunic, or simple piece of material with a hole for the head, often worn over armour. For women, the surcoat was a more significant and characteristic garment, which originated in the 13th century as a voluminous outer cloak.

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