Definition of soutane in English:


Syllabification: sou·tane
Pronunciation: /so͞oˈtän


A type of cassock worn by Roman Catholic priests.
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  • A slight, white-haired figure wearing a short red cape and wine and gold stole over his white soutane, the new pope stepped smiling through red velvet curtains onto the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica shortly before 7 p.m.
  • During retreats we'd walk around in silence, everyone in soutanes, rosary beads in hand, or a book, meditating, praying, thinking, drifting.
  • A black soutane with a narrow picotee edge of brilliant carmine red is the garment affected by Cardinals for everyday wear.


mid 19th century: from French, from Italian sottana, from sotto 'under', from Latin subtus.

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