from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ecclesiastical A long scarf, usually of embroidered silk or linen, worn over the left shoulder by deacons and over both shoulders by priests and bishops while officiating.
- n. A woman's long scarf of cloth or fur worn about the shoulders.
- n. A long robe or outer garment worn by matrons in ancient Rome.
- v. Past tense of steal.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past of steal.
- n. An ecclesiastical garment.
- n. A scarf-like garment, often made of fur.
- n. A stolon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- imp. of steal.
- n. A stolon.
- n. A long, loose garment reaching to the feet.
- n. A narrow band of silk or stuff, sometimes enriched with embroidery and jewels, worn on the left shoulder of deacons, and across both shoulders of bishops and priests, pendent on each side nearly to the ground. At Mass, it is worn crossed on the breast by priests. It is used in various sacred functions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Preterit and obsolete past participle of steal.
- n. A stola, or any garment of similar nature.
- n. In the Roman Catholic, Oriental, and Anglican churches, an ecclesiastical vestment, consisting of a narrow strip of silk or other material, worn over the shoulders (by deacons over one shoulder) and hanging down in front to the knees or below them.
- n. A chorister's surplice or cotta: an occasional erroneous use.
- n. In heraldry, usually, a bearing representing a scarf with straight and parallel sides, fringed at each end.
- n. Same as stolon.
- n. An obsolete form of stool.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wide scarf worn about their shoulders by women
Middle English, from Old English, from Latin stola, garment, robe, from Greek stolē; see stel- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the verb to steal. (Wiktionary)
Old English stole, Latin stola, Ancient Greek στολή (stolē, "stole, garment, equipment"), from "to set", "place", "equip", "send", akin to English stall. (Wiktionary)
Latin stolo, -onis. (Wiktionary)