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Definition of "surcoat" [sur•coat]

  • A loose outer coat or gown. (noun)
  • A tunic worn in the Middle Ages by a knight over his armor. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "surcoat" in a sentence
  • "This surcoat is made like a crémeau, but it completely covers the back and shoulders."
  • "The stranger wore the unidentifiable and ragged remains of a shirt and trousers, and a kind of surcoat cut out of animal skins that had been tacked together with thongs of sinew."
  • "Each one wore a kind of surcoat made of the skin of the elk, reaching from his neck to his knees, and answering the purpose of a shirt of mail, for it was arrow proof, and could even resist a musket ball at the distance of ninety yards."