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1A loose robe worn over armour.
- ‘The priests were decked out in gray robes and surcoats which were decorated with archaic runes that Kefari didn't recognize.’
- 1.1 A sleeveless garment worn as part of the insignia of an order of knighthood.
- ‘When I met with them they still wore their Bouren surcoats and armor.’
- ‘The knights adopted unique designs painted on their shields and on the surcoats covering the armour (hence the term ‘coat of arms’).’
- ‘The former regiment wore a grey sleeveless surcoat and the latter regiment a black one.’
- ‘A pair of black armored guards, whose surcoats show a panther rampant on a sword, stand before the gates, attentive and ready, with spears held high.’
- ‘The man himself was obviously a Knight as could be deduced from the white surcoat emblazoned with the golden crest of a hawk covering the suit of chainmail he wore.’
- 1.2 An outer coat of rich material.
- ‘She certainly changed her apparel and came forth in a ‘rich mantle and surcoat of purple velvet furred with ermines’.’
- ‘The purple on his surcoat made his striking cobalt eyes seem deep violet.’
- ‘She saw as well a slender young woman with shoulder length dark brown hair and pale blue eyes wearing a long brown tunic and a black surcoat intricately embroidered along its cuffs and hem.’
Middle English: from Old French surcot, from sur over + cot coat.
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