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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

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. [1913 Webster] Surplice fees (Eccl.), fees paid to the English clergy for occasional duties. [1913 Webster]