American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cassock, especially one that buttons up and down the front.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cassock.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl. Costume) A close garnment with straight sleeves, and skirts reaching to the ankles, and buttoned in front from top to bottom; especially, the black garment of this shape worn by the clergy in France and Italy as their daily dress; a cassock.
- n. a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman Catholic priests
- French, from Spanish sotana, or Italian sottana, Latin subtana, from Latin subtus below, beneath, from sub under. (Wiktionary)
- French, alteration (influenced by French sous, under) of obsolete sottane, from Italian sottana, from sotto, under, from Latin subtus, from sub. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The priest hurries past on his way to say mass, the soutane flying superhero-style.”
“Watts can provide you with a classical soutane - piped fuchsia edges an optional extra - but it's the glorious copes and chasubles that catch the eye.”
“Navin Patel can go one better, having donned his surplus and soutane to line up for one such team.”
“When he got within forty yards of the church, he realized that the figure was not dressed in a long coat, but rather the vestments, or soutane, of a Catholic priest.”
“She rang the bell and when the door opened, Father Morrison, in a soutane large enough to double as a tent, loomed over her.”
“Close up, the priest too had an institutional tinge; boiled-tattie complexion, musty soutane and a home haircut.”
“Jaw clenched in triumph, the priest whipped aside the skirts of his soutane.”
“Father Bain's soutane was ripped down one side, showing an expanse of hairless white thigh with an ugly gash and several puncture marks beginning to ooze blood.”
“If you'll come to the surgery with me, Father, I'll cleanse those cuts for you," I offered, suppressing a smile at the spectacle the fat little priest presented, soutane flapping and argyle socks revealed.”
“Hampered by his voluminous soutane, the priest tripped and fell, water and mud flying in spatters all around him.”
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