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  1. a series of steps or rungs by means of which a person may pass over a wall or fence that remains a barrier to sheep or cattle.
  2. a turnstile.
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Origin of stile1

before 900; Middle English; Old English stigel, derivative of stīgan to climb, cognate with German steigen
Can be confusedstile style


noun Carpentry, Furniture.
  1. any of various upright members framing panels or the like, as in a system of paneling, a paneled door, window sash, or chest of drawers.Compare rail1(def 8).
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Origin of stile2

1670–80; perhaps < Dutch stijl (door-, bed-) post, strut
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Examples from the Web for stile

Historical Examples

  • "Friend, thou hast said enough," said the Beggar, getting down from the stile.

    The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    Howard Pyle

  • The road is deserted there, and a stile opens a way into these grounds.

  • The figure of a soldier appears on the other side of the stile.

  • They came to an understanding, across some stile, most likely.


    Joseph Conrad

  • I gripped the bar of the stile, which was of good British oak.

    Danger! and Other Stories

    Arthur Conan Doyle

British Dictionary definitions for stile


  1. a set of steps or rungs in a wall or fence to allow people, but not animals, to pass over
  2. short for turnstile
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Word Origin

Old English stigel; related to stīgan to climb, Old High German stigilla; see stair


  1. a vertical framing member in a door, window frame, or piece of panellingCompare rail 1 (def. 3)
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Word Origin

C17: probably from Dutch stijl pillar, ultimately from Latin stilus writing instrument; see style
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Word Origin and History for stile


Old English stigel "device for climbing, ladder," related to stigen "to climb," from Proto-Germanic *stig- "to climb," (see stair). An arrangement to allow persons to pass but not sheep and cattle.

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