- an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a narrow strip of silk or other material worn over the shoulders or, by deacons, over the left shoulder only, and arranged to hang down in front to the knee or below.Compare tippet(def 2).
- a woman's shoulder scarf of fur, marabou, silk, or other material.Compare tippet(def 1).
- a long robe, especially one worn by the matrons of ancient Rome.
Origin of stole2
Examples from the Web for stoles
Historical Examples of stoles
Stoles, as distinguished from the scarves of chaplains, have no legal authority.The Legal Position of the Clergy
P. V. Smith
The flanks are usually cut off and made into muffs and stoles.
Over the gate to the altar hung two stoles of red velvet, in which the priest who said the mass would robe himself.The Vintage
Edward Frederic Benson
She perceived that they were soldiers disguised in stoles and hoods taken from the sacristy of the Abbaye aux Dames.The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)
When cut it "stoles" or throws up shoots very freely, and when treated so will live a hundred years.Miscellanea
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- the past tense of steal
- a long scarf or shawl, worn by women
- a long narrow scarf worn by various officiating clergymen
Word Origin for stole
Old English stole "long robe, scarf-like garment worn by clergymen," from Latin stola "robe, vestment," from Greek stole "a long robe;" originally "garment, equipment," from root of stellein "to place, array," with a secondary sense of "to put on" robes, etc., from PIE root *stel- "to put, stand" (see stall (n.1)). Meaning "women's long garment of fur or feathers" is attested from 1889.