Catholic Dictionary

Term

SURPLICE

Definition

A large-sleeved tunic of half length, made of linen or cotton, without a cincture, and occasionally enbroidered at hem and sleeves. It is alitrugical garment worn by all clergy in choir, during processions, and when administering the sacraments. (Etym. Latin superpellicium [originally worn by clergymen of northern countries over their fur coats].)