Definition of surcoat in English:



  • 1A loose robe worn over armor.

    • ‘The priests were decked out in gray robes and surcoats which were decorated with archaic runes that Kefari didn't recognize.’
    1. 1.1A 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 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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
    2. 1.2An outer coat of rich material.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The purple on his surcoat made his striking cobalt eyes seem deep violet.’
      • ‘She certainly changed her apparel and came forth in a ‘rich mantle and surcoat of purple velvet furred with ermines’.’


Middle English: from Old French surcot, from sur over + cot coat.