from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white ceremonial vestment made of linen or lawn, worn by bishops and other church dignitaries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A linen garment resembling the surplise, but with narrower sleeves, also without sleeves, worn by bishops, and by some other ecclesiastical dignitaries, in certain religious ceremonies.
- n. A frock or outer garment worn in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
- n. The red gurnard, or gurnet. See gurnard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a short cloak worn by men of all degrees, also by women (in this case frequently a white linen outer garment).
- n. Eccles., a close-fitting vestment of linen or lawn, worn by bishops and some others.
- n. Hence, a bishop: also used attributively.
- n. A mantelet worn by the peers of England during ceremonies.
- n. A kind of fish, the roach or piper gurnard.
- To invest with a rochet.
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)