1. a loose-fitting white ecclesiastical vestment with wide sleeves
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Surplice \Sur"plice\, n. [F. surplis, OF. surpeiz, LL.
superpellicium; super over + pellicium, pelliceum, a robe of
fur, L. pellicius made of skins. See Pelisse.] (Eccl.)
A white garment worn over another dress by the clergy of the
Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and certain other churches, in
some of their ministrations.
Surplice fees (Eccl.), fees paid to the English clergy for