Surcoat Sur"coat`, n. [OE. surcote, OF. surcote. See {Sur-}, and {Coat}, and cf. {Overcoat}.] 1. A coat worn over the other garments; especially, the long and flowing garment of knights, worn over the armor, and frequently emblazoned with the arms of the wearer. [1913 Webster]

A long surcoat of pers upon he had.. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

At night, or in the rain, He dons a surcoat which he doffs at morn. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

2. A name given to the outer garment of either sex at different epochs of the Middle Ages. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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