stile

1
[ stahyl ]
/ staɪl /
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noun

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.

Origin of stile

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

Definition for stile (2 of 2)

stile

2
[ stahyl ]
/ staɪl /

noun Carpentry, Furniture.

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).

Origin of stile

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1670–80; perhaps < Dutch stijl (door-, bed-) post, strut
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British Dictionary definitions for stile (1 of 2)

stile

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/ (staɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for stile

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

British Dictionary definitions for stile (2 of 2)

stile

2
/ (staɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for stile

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

stile


n.

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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