From Old French surcote, formed with sur (“over”) and cote (“coat, robe, tunic, overgarment”) respelled coat.
Clothing of 1300, France, showing several surcoats: note the sleaves from the undergowns showing in often contrasting fabric.
surcoat (plural surcoats)
- A loose garment without sleeves worn over a suit of armor, sometimes colored or embroidered with the wearer's coat of arms
- An overgarment worn over a woman's gown.