Part of speech: noun

A vestment worn by the clergy of certain churches.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant.