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[stoh-luh] /ˈstoʊ lə/
noun, plural stolae
[stoh-lee] /ˈstoʊ li/ (Show IPA),
a long, loose tunic or robe, with or without sleeves, worn by women of ancient Rome.
Origin of stola
1720-30; < Latin < Greek stolḗ; see stole2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The stola is said to have been a more ample and ornamented sort of tunic.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Above the stola, women wore a mantle called palla or pallium.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • The palla was a kind of cloak worn out of doors over the stola.

    The Historical Child Oscar Chrisman
  • Time was when I should have given them to Ilia as a border for her stola.

    The Tour Louis Couperus
  • Stick to your stola, bishop,” was the Plantagenet-like answer, “and leave me my Lola.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • In such case, it took the name of stola, and descended to their feet.

    The Wonders of Pompeii Marc Monnier
  • The tunic was of that pale shining gold which the ancients described by the word hyaline; the stola was of saffron colour.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Courtezans, and women condemned for adultery, were not permitted to wear the stola—hence called togat.

  • The stola was a loose garment, gathered in and girdled at the waist with a deep flounce extending to the feet.

  • Of a more interesting type is Fannia, who might, minus her slaves and stola, pass for a modern and saucy New York beauty.

    Katia Leo Tolstoy
Word Origin and History for stola

Latin, from Greek stole (see stole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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