surplice

[sur-plis]
noun
1.
a loose-fitting, broad-sleeved white vestment, worn over the cassock by clergy and choristers.
2.
a garment in which the two halves of the front cross diagonally.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English surplis < Anglo-French surpliz, syncopated variant of Old French surpeliz < Medieval Latin superpellīcium (vestīmentum) over-pelt (garment), neuter of superpellīcius (adj.), equivalent to Latin super- super- + pellīt(us) clothed with skins + -ius adj. suffix

surpliced, adjective
unsurpliced, adjective

surplice, surplus.
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surplice (ˈsɜːplɪs)
 
n
a loose wide-sleeved liturgical vestment of linen, reaching to the knees, worn over the cassock by clergymen, choristers, and acolytes
 
[C13: via Anglo-French from Old French sourpelis, from Medieval Latin superpellīcium, from super- + pellīcium coat made of skins, from Latin pellis a skin]
 
'surpliced
 
adj

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surplice
"loose white robe," late 13c., from O.Fr. surpeliz, from M.L. superpellicium "a surplice," lit. "an over fur garment," from L. super "over" (see super-) + M.L. pellicium "fur garment, tunic of skins," from L. pellis "skin." So called because it was put on over fur garments
worn by clergymen to keep warm in unheated medieval churches.
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surplice

white outer vestment worn by clergymen, acolytes, choristers, or other participants in Roman Catholic and in Anglican, Lutheran, and other Protestant religious services. It is a loose garment, usually with full sleeves. Originally the surplice was full length, but gradually it was shortened to the knees or above. In the 20th century some surplices were again made full length

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