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1. A loose outer coat or gown.
2. A tunic worn in the Middle Ages by a knight over his armor.

[Middle English surcote, from Old French : sur-, sur- + cote, coat; see coat.]


1. (Historical Terms) a tunic, often embroidered with heraldic arms, worn by a knight over his armour during the Middle Ages
2. (Clothing & Fashion) an outer coat or other garment



1. a garment worn over medieval armor, often embroidered with heraldic arms.
2. an outer coat or other outer garment.
[1300–50; Middle English surcote < Middle French. See sur-1, coat]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surcoat - a loose outer coat usually of rich materialsurcoat - a loose outer coat usually of rich material
coat - an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
2.surcoat - a tunic worn over a knight's armor
tunic - any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees
References in classic literature ?
When the King, with his gentlemen, entered the armory he was still smarting from the humiliation of De Montfort's reproaches, and as he laid aside his surcoat and plumed hat to take the foils with De Fulm his eyes alighted on the master of fence, Sir Jules de Vac, who was advancing with the King's foil and helmet.
the garden where he administered justice, "clad in a coat of camelot, a surcoat of linsey-woolsey, without sleeves, and a sur-mantle of black sandal, as he lay upon the carpet with Joinville?
With the reader's consent, we will endeavor to retrace in thought, the impression which he would have experienced in company with us on crossing the threshold of that grand hall, in the midst of that tumultuous crowd in surcoats, short, sleeveless jackets, and doublets.
They wear a capot or surcoat, made of a blanket, a striped cotton shirt, cloth trousers, or leathern leggins, moccasins of deer-skin, and a belt of variegated worsted, from which are suspended the knife, tobacco-pouch, and other implements.
He was a darkly-tanned, burly, good-natured, fine-looking man, of sixty or thereabouts, dressed in a spacious roundabout, that hung round him in festoons of blue pilot-cloth; and one empty arm of this jacket streamed behind him like the broidered arm of a huzzar's surcoat.
Over his armour he wore a surcoat or cassock of what seemed to be the finest cloth of gold, all bespangled with glittering mirrors like little moons, which gave him an extremely gallant and splendid appearance; above his helmet fluttered a great quantity of plumes, green, yellow, and white, and his lance, which was leaning against a tree, was very long and stout, and had a steel point more than a palm in length.
The fourth was a meek- looking, long-visaged man, without any other protection from the cold than that which was furnished by a black surcoat, made with some little formality, but which was rather threadbare and rusty.
Here, in gold-embroidered red doublet, jewelled surcoat, and gilt-edged ruff and wristbands, stood Sir Anthony Sherard, with his silver-and-black armour piled at his feet.
During his reign men's keynote fashion garment was the surcoat.
I snatch gown, girdle, surcoat, all she wore, And tell her, these shall stand against her score.
When Desyra, widow of Jakke-John passed away, Bugules stomped into the churchyard with knife and club in hand and carried away her red surcoat rather than permit the parson, Thomas Raulyn, to claim it.
24) hands over a horse with a purple surcoat to a young baker's boy.