Definition of stole 

(Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of steal


\ˈstōl \

Definition of stole (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a long loose garment : robe

2 : an ecclesiastical vestment consisting of a long usually silk band worn traditionally around the neck by bishops and priests and over the left shoulder by deacons

3 : a long wide scarf or similar covering worn by women usually across the shoulders

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For those characters, Eyrich’s sartorial mandate meant sticking to boxy suits and wide ties along with fur stoles and chandelier diamond earrings. Melissa Magsaysay,, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 The graduating seniors, wearing black robes and white stoles, viewed a tribute to the slain students and teachers on the football stadium’s video display board. Terry Spencer,, "‘Keep making us proud,’ Jimmy Fallon tells Parkland students," 3 June 2018 The 328 graduating seniors, wearing white stoles in tribute to those slain, and their well-wishers watched a montage tribute to the slain students and teachers on the stadium’s video display board. Washington Post, "328 seniors graduate after school shooting," 4 June 2018 The graduating seniors, wearing white stoles in tribute to those slain, and their well-wishers viewed a montage tribute to the slain students and teachers on the stadium's video display board. CBS News, "Santa Fe High School students graduate 2 weeks after deadly mass shooting," 3 June 2018 The box contained something special that had eluded him for most of his life: a black cap and gown and a stole trimmed with goldenrod velvet. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "As a young man, he had to drop out of Georgetown University. Six decades later, he’s about to make up for it.," 18 May 2018 At Arizona State University’s graduation fair last week, students waited in line to order caps, gowns, tassels, stoles, diploma frames, class t-shirts. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Want to participate in your graduation from an Arizona university? It will cost you," 28 Mar. 2018 The 2017 animated hit stole hearts, had adults weeping into their popcorn and dominated box offices by earning more than $732 million worldwide. Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "'Coco' star Anthony Gonzalez connects his passion for music with his love for family," 28 Feb. 2018 The Fiesta Store on Broadway sells these stoles or scarves in various color combinations for $10. Terry Scott Bertling, San Antonio Express-News, "The art of the sash: A place for Fiesta medals," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of stole


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stole


Middle English, from Old English, from Latin stola, from Greek stolē equipment, robe, from stellein to set up, make ready

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The first known use of stole was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stole

: a long, wide piece of clothing that is usually worn across the shoulders


Kids Definition of stole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of steal


\ˈstōl \

Kids Definition of stole (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long wide scarf worn across the shoulders


Legal Definition of stole 

past of steal

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