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surcoat

[sur-koht] /ˈsɜrˌkoʊt/
noun
1.
a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
2.
an outer coat or other outer garment.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English surcote < Middle French. See sur-1, coat
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British Dictionary definitions for surcoat

surcoat

/ˈsɜːˌkəʊt/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for surcoat
n.

"outer coat," early 14c., from Old French surcote, from sur- "on, upon, over, above" (see sur-) + cote (see coat (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for 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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