[ soo-tahn ]

  1. a cassock.

Origin of soutane

1830–40; <French <Italian sottana, feminine of sottano placed below, equivalent to sott(o) below (<Latin subtus) + -ano-an; form of the French word influenced by sous under

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How to use soutane in a sentence

  • He turned about again and beckoned to the tall young man in the black soutane.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • The utmost respect has been paid to the priests; they have never ceased a moment to go abroad en soutane.

  • The Father-General dispenses such members from the priesthood and from wearing the soutane.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • You'd have been a grand fellow in a long black soutane, with little buttons down to the feet, and a skull-cap on your head.

    A Rent In A Cloud | Charles James Lever
  • They found him alighting from his mule, with soutane rolled up to the waist, showing a prodigious breadth of pea-green trousers.

    The Woodlands Orchids | Frederick Boyle

British Dictionary definitions for soutane


/ (suːˈtæn) /

  1. RC Church a priest's cassock

Origin of soutane

C19: from French, from Old Italian sottana, from Medieval Latin subtanus (adj) (worn) beneath, from Latin subtus below

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