stole

1 of 2

past tense of steal

stole

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In season 1, Claire Foy wore a sparkling gown and fur stole that is reminiscent of an outfit worn by Queen Elizabeth to a premiere in 1954. Janaya Wecker, ELLE, 10 Nov. 2022 Prosecutors say Smith in 2015 stole drugs, firearms and jewelry at a home off Knik-Goose Bay Road near Wasilla after identifying it as a marijuana grow operation. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2022 The couple was also charged with receiving stole property as police found on their persons $341.75 worth of goods stolen from another store. cleveland, 26 Oct. 2022 While visiting Malta with Prince Philip in 1951, the monarch wore a pale purple, beaded gown and fur stole, accessorizing with elbow-length white gloves and plenty of diamonds. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2022 Jenner wore head-to-toe lilac in a custom Versace see-through, mermaid-esque dress, fur stole and a perfectly purple wig. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 The security firm’s investigation shows that Oktapus stole at least 9,931 user credentials since March, including 5,441 multi-factor authentication codes. Michael Kan, PCMAG, 26 Aug. 2022 Calling allegations that a couple stole identities of dead babies for unknown reasons unique, a U.S. judge on Monday upheld a previous ruling to detain the pair without bail. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2022 Báez's single off Lopez to start the seventh, and his ensuing stole base, put a runner in scoring position, but the next three batters — Harold Castro, Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario — were retired in order. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near stole

Cite this Entry

“Stole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stole. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

stole 1 of 2

ˈstōl

past of steal

stole

2 of 2

noun

1
: a long narrow band worn around the neck by bishops and priests in ceremonies
2
: a long wide scarf or similar covering worn by women usually across the shoulders

Legal Definition

stole

past of steal

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