There are 2 main definitions of stole in English:


Syllabification: stole
Pronunciation: /stōl


1A woman’s long scarf or shawl, especially fur or similar material, worn loosely over the shoulders.
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  • The exhibition will showcase a special range of shawls, stoles, garments, sarees, scarves, caps, gloves, sweaters, durries and fabric in embroidery, mirror work, weaves and natural dyes.
  • Bringing the best of hand woven textiles under one roof is ‘The Shawl Show’, an exhibition of shawls, scarves and stoles from various parts of the country that was inaugurated on Monday.
  • Fabrics such as silk, satin, pure wool, macramé and cotton were present not only on the clothes but also on accessories such as scarves, stoles, handbags and hats, in homage to Sinatra.
1.1Of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below.
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  • Martyrs' days are still kept in the Roman Catholic and Anglican liturgical calendars, when the priests' stoles and chasubles are red to signify the martyrs' blood shed for the faith.
  • Besides heavily ornate vestments, stoles, monstrance, pulpits, bells, paintings, representations of the Way of the Cross and statues of saints are among the major attractions.
  • The pastors officiating at the funeral wore their purple stoles.


Old English (in the senses 'long robe' and 'priest's vestment'), via Latin from Greek stolē 'clothing', from stellein 'array'.

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