It goes into the pulpit, and decides the gown, and the surplice, and the style of rhetoric.
He returned the bottle to his pocket, and went to the vestry for his surplice.
The surplice, which Mr. Poodle was still holding, parted with a rip, and Gissing was free.
The old reprobate with the surplice burst into a volley of bad language.
In 1617 he went with the king to Scotland, and aroused hostility by wearing the surplice.
In 1565 he, with the Fellows and scholars, appeared in Chapel without the surplice.
I myself have known parishes in the mountains where the surplice fees were worth more than that of many town livings.
The sight of a surplice, the sound of bells, scares them away.
It's a good thing clergymen wear a surplice, for I am sure he never could tell whether he was decent or not.
An acolyte appeared, followed by the aged priest in his surplice.
"loose white robe," late 13c., from Old French surpeliz, from Medieval Latin superpellicium "a surplice," literally "an over fur garment," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + Medieval Latin pellicium "fur garment, tunic of skins," from Latin pellis "skin" (see film (n.)). So called because it was put on over fur garments worn by clergymen to keep warm in unheated medieval churches.