Definition of surplice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɜːpləs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɜːrpləs//
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a loose white piece of clothing with wide sleeves worn by priests and singers in the choir during church services Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French sourpelis, from medieval Latin superpellicium, from super- ‘above’ + pellicia ‘fur garment’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: surplice