A loose-fitting, white ecclesiastical gown with wide sleeves, worn over a cassock.(noun)
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Use "surplice" in a sentence
"In another context a surplice is an ecclesiastical vestment."
"On weekdays he wore a smock-frock, which he called his surplice, with wonderful fancy stitches on the breast and back and sleeves."
"I didn't know that was called a surplice bodice, but I've been looking for one pattern or ready to wear because I've always loved it."