from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An ornamental garment worn over both shoulders and tapering to a point in front and in back, worn especially by members of church choirs.
  • noun A woman's long scarf of cloth or fur worn about the shoulders.
  • noun A long robe or outer garment worn by matrons in ancient Rome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as stolon.
  • noun Preterit and obsolete past participle of steal.
  • noun An obsolete form of stool.
  • noun A stola, or any garment of similar nature.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A chorister's surplice or cotta: an occasional erroneous use.
  • noun In heraldry, usually, a bearing representing a scarf with straight and parallel sides, fringed at each end.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. of steal.
  • noun (Bot.) A stolon.
  • noun A long, loose garment reaching to the feet.
  • noun (Eccl.) 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.
  • noun [Eng.] the first lord of the bedchamber in the royal household.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A stolon.
  • verb Simple past of steal.
  • noun An ecclesiastical garment.
  • noun A scarf-like garment, often made of fur.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a wide scarf worn about their shoulders by women


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin stola, garment, robe, from Greek stolē; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin stolo, -onis.

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From the verb to steal.

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Old English stole, Latin stola, Ancient Greek στολή (stolē, "stole, garment, equipment"), from "to set", "place", "equip", "send", akin to English stall.


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  • the garment not the action

    July 25, 2007

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

    Pronunciation: \ˈst�?l\

    Function: noun

    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, from Latin stola, from Greek stolē equipment, robe, from stellein to set up, make ready

    Date: before 12th century

    1 : a long loose garment : robe

    2 : an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a long usually silk band worn traditionally around the neck by bishops and priests and over the left shoulder by deacons

    3 : a long wide scarf or similar covering worn by women usually across the shoulders

    February 10, 2008