A long narrow vestment in the liturgical color worn around the neck of a priest. Similar to the maniple in shape, material, and ornamentation, but twice as long. Note that Webster's WU is incorrect: deacons wear the stole like a sash; priests usually uncrossed over both shoulders.

Stole (?),

imp. of Steal.


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Stole, n. [L. stolo, -onis.] Bot.

A stolon.


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Stole, n. [AS. stole, L. stola, Gr. a stole, garment, equipment, fr. to set, place, equip, send, akin to E. stall. See Stall.]


A long, loose garment reaching to the feet.


But when mild morn, in saffron stole, First issues from her eastern goal. T. Warton.

2. 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.

Groom of the stole, the first lord of the bedchamber in the royal household. [Eng.] Brande & C.


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