- 6archaic term for stylus (sense 2).
Middle English (denoting a stylus, also a literary composition, an official title, or a characteristic manner of literary expression): from Old French stile, from Latin stilus. The verb dates (first in sense 2 of the verb) from the early 16th century
Do not confuse stile with style. Stile means 'steps set into a fence or wall for people to climb over', whereas style means 'a way of doing something' (different styles of management).