a wide scarf worn about their shoulders by women
imp. of Steal
a long, loose garment reaching to the feet
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
Origin: [L. stolo, -onis.]
The stole is a liturgical vestment of various Christian denominations. It consists of a band of colored cloth, formerly usually of silk, about seven and a half to nine feet long and three to four inches wide, whose ends may be straight or may broaden out. The center of the stole is worn around the back of the neck and the two ends hang down parallel to each other in front, either attached to each other or hanging loose. The stole is almost always decorated in some way, usually with a cross or some other significant religious design. It is often decorated with contrasting galloons and fringe is usually applied to the ends of the stole following Numbers 15:38-39. A piece of white linen or lace may be stitched onto the back of the collar as a sweat guard which can be replaced more cheaply than buying a new stole.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stōl, pa.t. of steal.
stōl, n. a long robe reaching to the feet: a narrow vestment, usually black silk, fringed at the ends, sometimes coloured according to the seasons, worn by bishops and priests in the Latin Church during mass.—n. Stō′la, the outer garment of the Roman matron: a chorister's surplice: (her.) a bearing showing a fringed scarf. [L. stola—Gr. stolē, a robe—stellein, to array.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a long scarf worn by bishops and priests in the administration of the sacraments of the Church, and sometimes when preaching, as well as in symbol of authority.
The numerical value of stole in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of stole in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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