from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A loose outer coat or gown.
- n. A tunic worn in the Middle Ages by a knight over his armor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loose garment without sleeves worn over a suit of armor, sometimes colored or embroidered with the wearer's coat of arms
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A coat worn over the other garments; especially, the long and flowing garment of knights, worn over the armor, and frequently emblazoned with the arms of the wearer.
- n. A name given to the outer garment of either sex at different epochs of the Middle Ages.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An outer garment.
- n. A garment formerly worn by women in its most familiar form, a jacket reaching only to the hips, and often trimmed with fur, which formed an important part of costume in the fifteenth century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a loose outer coat usually of rich material
- n. a tunic worn over a knight's armor
Middle English surcote, from Old French : sur-, sur- + cote, coat; see coat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French surcote, formed with sur ("over") and cote ("coat, robe, tunic, overgarment") respelled coat. (Wiktionary)