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[soo-tahn] /suˈtɑn/
noun, Ecclesiastical
a cassock.
Origin of soutane
1830-40; < French < Italian sottana, feminine of sottano placed below, equivalent to sott(o) below (< Latin subtus) + -ano -an; form of the French word influenced by sous under Unabridged
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  • He heard his soutane, which had caught on a projection of the stone rain-pipe, tear away at each movement he made.
British Dictionary definitions for soutane


(RC Church) a priest's cassock
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Old Italian sottana, from Medieval Latin subtanus (adj) (worn) beneath, from Latin subtus below
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Word Origin and History for soutane

"long, buttoned gown or frock with sleeves, outer garment of Roman Catholic ecclesiastics," 1838, from French soutane, from Old French sotane "undershirt," from Medieval Latin subtana "an under-cassock," from Latin subtus "beneath, under, below" (see sub-).

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