noun, plural sto·lae [stoh-lee] /ˈstoʊ li/, sto·las.
  1. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stola

Historical Examples of stola

  • The stola is said to have been a more ample and ornamented sort of tunic.

  • Above the stola, women wore a mantle called palla or pallium.

  • 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

Word Origin and History for stola

Latin, from Greek stole (see stole).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper