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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɝplɪs/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɜːplɪs/
- Hyphenation: sur‧plice
surplice (plural surplices)
- A liturgical vestment of the Christian Church. It has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, with wide or moderately wide sleeves, reaching to the hips or knees. It usually features lace decoration and may have embroidered bordures.
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […], down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.