stole
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈstoʊl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈstəʊl/
Verb
  1. simple past tense of steal
  2. (now, colloquial, nonstandard) Past participle of steal
Noun

stole (plural stoles)

  1. An ecclesiastical garment consisting of a decorated band worn on the back of the neck with each end hanging over the chest.
    • 1994-1998, Encyclopaedia Britannica CD 98, Multimedia Edition
      Certain robes indicate a position in the hierarchy; others correspond to function and may be worn by the same individual at different times. The most important vestment among the insignia [of the clergy] is the stole, the emblem of sacerdotal status, the origin of which is the ancient pallium. The stole originally was a draped garment, then a folded one with the appearance of a scarf, and, finally, in the 4th century, a scarf. As a symbol of jurisdictionin the Roman Empire, the supreme pontiff (the pope, or bishop of Rome) conferred it upon archbishops and, later, upon bishops, as emblematic of their sharing in the papal authority.
    • 1938, Xavier Herbert, Capricornia, Chapter X, p. 167,
      With sou'-wester under arm, and oilskin open so that God might see the stole and know that there was no deception, he chanted from a prayer-book in a tone exactly like that of a blackfellow devil-dovvening: […]
  2. A scarf-like garment, often made of fur.
Translations Translations Noun

stole (plural stoles)

  1. (botany) A stolon.



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