sou·​tane sü-ˈtän How to pronounce soutane (audio)

Examples of soutane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 1957-58 shirtwaist of shot-silk—bronze roses on black—has a tight bodice that buttons up like a bishop’s soutane and a skirt that flares out from a crow’s murder of small tucks. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 10 Nov. 2018 There is almost no men’s wear in this exhibition; one rare entry is a wool coat by Mr. Simons, inspired by a priest’s soutane. Jason Farago, New York Times, 9 May 2018 The first stop is a zimarra, fascia and zucchetto (a caped version of the long soutane, a belt and skullcap) worn by John Paul II. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd,, 7 May 2018 Zerai, a heavyset man in a white soutane, a crucifix hanging from his neck, laughs at this new twist of fate. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Aug. 2017 Nor is it industrial school or Magdalene Ireland, where the swish of a soutane smothered conscience and humanity, or the swing of a thurible ruled the Irish Catholic world. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 19 May 2017

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Word History


French, from Italian sottana, literally, undergarment, from feminine of sottano being underneath, from Medieval Latin subtanus, from Latin subtus underneath — more at sous-chef

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soutane was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Soutane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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