Definition of Surplice

1. Noun. A loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves.

Generic synonyms: Vestment



Definition of Surplice

1. n. A white garment worn over another dress by the clergy of the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and certain other churches, in some of their ministrations.

Definition of Surplice

1. Noun. A liturgical vestment of the Christian Church. It has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, with wide or moderately wide sleeves, reaching to the hips or knees. It usually features lace decoration and may have embroidered bordures. ¹

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Definition of Surplice

1. a loose-fitting vestment [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Surplice

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surnay
surnominal
surplice (current term)
surpliced
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surplus
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surplusage
surplusages
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Literary usage of Surplice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1845)
"We suspect that the surplice, linea, was the original garment from which albe and rochet ... The albe is only the surplice—made as many surplices now are, ..."

2. Life in the English Church (1660-1714) by John Henry Overton (1885)
"is informed that ' the clergyman of Little Gransden, before Mr. Oley died, never wore the surplice, except on Communion days, and that was but twice a year. ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"In England It is aleo worn on certain days known as surplice-days by the ... The surplice was originally a variety of the alb, differing from it by the ..."

4. Life in the English Church (1600-1714) by John Henry Overton (1885)
"1 Dean Granville complains of his curate at Kilkhampton in Cornwall ' officiating without the surplice to please the dow-baked people of that country ;'s ..."

5. History of the College of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge by Thomas Baker (1869)
"See indexes to Strype I. v. Habits ; and to Parker Soc. series s. i: surplice. The most copious repertory of objt étions to the surplice, mark of the ..."

6. Divine Worship in England in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries by John David Chambers (1877)
"... it is mentioned as blameworthy, that there is neither one nor the other. From this it is plain that the surplice is the one ..."

7. The Christian Remembrancer by William Scott (1845)
"We suspect that the surplice, linea, was the original garment from which albe and rochet ... The albe is only the surplice—made as many surplices now are, ..."

8. Life in the English Church (1660-1714) by John Henry Overton (1885)
"is informed that ' the clergyman of Little Gransden, before Mr. Oley died, never wore the surplice, except on Communion days, and that was but twice a year. ..."

9. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"In England It is aleo worn on certain days known as surplice-days by the ... The surplice was originally a variety of the alb, differing from it by the ..."

10. Life in the English Church (1600-1714) by John Henry Overton (1885)
"1 Dean Granville complains of his curate at Kilkhampton in Cornwall ' officiating without the surplice to please the dow-baked people of that country ;'s ..."

11. History of the College of St. John the Evangelist, Cambridge by Thomas Baker (1869)
"See indexes to Strype I. v. Habits ; and to Parker Soc. series s. i: surplice. The most copious repertory of objt étions to the surplice, mark of the ..."

12. Divine Worship in England in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries by John David Chambers (1877)
"... it is mentioned as blameworthy, that there is neither one nor the other. From this it is plain that the surplice is the one ..."

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