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[stohl] /stoʊl/
noun
1.
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).
2.
a woman's shoulder scarf of fur, marabou, silk, or other material.
Compare tippet (def 1).
3.
a long robe, especially one worn by the matrons of ancient Rome.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English, Old English < Latin stola < Greek stolḗ clothing, robe; akin to Greek stéllein to array, Old English stellan to place, put
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British Dictionary definitions for stoles

stole1

/stəʊl/
verb
1.
the past tense of steal

stole2

/stəʊl/
noun
1.
a long scarf or shawl, worn by women
2.
a long narrow scarf worn by various officiating clergymen
Word Origin
Old English stole, from Latin stola, Greek stolē clothing; related to stellein to array
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Word Origin and History for stoles
stole
O.E. stole "long robe, scarf-like garment worn by clergymen," from L. stola "robe, vestment," from Gk. stole "a long robe;" originally "garment, equipment," from root of stellein "to place, array," from PIE *stel- (see stolid). Meaning "women's long garment of fur or feathers" is attested from 1889.
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Encyclopedia Article for stoles

stole

ecclesiastical vestment worn by Roman Catholic deacons, priests, and bishops and by some Anglican, Lutheran, and other Protestant clergy. A band of silk 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimetres) wide and about 8 feet (240 centimetres) long, it is the same colour as the major vestments worn for the occasion. Some Protestant clergy wear stoles with colours or symbols that do not conform to liturgical colours. The Roman Catholic deacon wears it over the left shoulder with ends joined under the right arm; priests and bishops wear it around the neck with ends hanging vertically, except that priests cross the ends in front when wearing an alb. In the Roman Catholic Church it is a symbol of immortality. It is generally considered the unique badge of the ordained ministry and is conferred at ordination.

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