What does the word surplice mean?

Usage examples for surplice

  1. He had once sung tenor in Bishop Methuen's choir, but, offended by a word of wise and kindly advice, was seen no more in surplice or in church. – Stingaree by E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  2. The clerk is unlocking the church, and shaking out the surplice, and Mr. Cope goes into the vestry, takes out two big books covered with green parchment, and sees to the pen. – Friarswood Post-Office by Charlotte M. Yonge
  3. I don't really mind seeing him preach in his surplice, only you know poor papa was so very Low- Church; and as for the candles, what are they to pleasing one's husband? – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
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