One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A garment that is worn over others.
- ‘In Palestine, women traditionally wore an outfit comprising of pants, a dress, an overgarment, a jacket or vest, and a shoulder mantle.’
- ‘The earliest robes were made of rectangular pieces of cotton cloth and typically three were worn: an inner robe, from the waist to the knee; an upper robe around the torso and shoulders; and an outer robe used as an overgarment.’
- ‘The new overgarment is a two-piece, lightweight front-opening garment that can be worn as an overgarment or as a primary uniform worn over personal underwear.’
- ‘Long flowing overgarments, called surcoats, had begun to be worn by mail-clad knights in the mid-12th century.’
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