surplice

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Surplice \Sur"plice\, noun [F. surplis, OF. surpeiz, LL. superpellicium; super over + pellicium, pelliceum, a robe of fur, L. pellicius made of skins. See {Pelisse}.] (Eccl.) A white garment worn over another dress by the clergy of the Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and certain other churches, in some of their ministrations.

{Surplice fees} (Eccl.), fees paid to the English clergy for occasional duties.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

surplice

noun

1: a loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves


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