Meaning of surcoat in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsəːkəʊt/


  • 1 historical A loose robe worn over armour.

    • ‘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.
      ‘The former regiment wore a grey sleeveless surcoat and the latter regiment a black one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I met with them they still wore their Bouren surcoats and armor.’
      • ‘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’).’
    2. 1.2An outer coat of rich material.
      ‘She certainly changed her apparel and came forth in a ‘rich mantle and surcoat of purple velvet furred with ermines’.’
      • ‘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.’


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