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 stole

before 950; Middle English, Old English < Latin stola < Greek stolḗ clothing, robe; akin to Greek stéllein to array, Old English stellan to place, put Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stoles

jacket, shawl, fur, mantle, coat, blanket, cover, cloak, cape

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British Dictionary definitions for stoles




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, from Latin stola, Greek stolē clothing; related to stellein to array
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Word Origin and History for stoles



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.

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