Definition of stole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense of steal


\ ˈstōl How to pronounce stole (audio) \

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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Paz has been charged with felony assault in Providence stemming from an alleged attack in January 2018 of a man whom Paz alleges stole from him. Travis Andersen,, "R.I. boxing legend Vinny Paz has been in Vegas many times. But this weekend is special.," 9 Aug. 2019 Maybe next year Cher will show up wearing King Kong as a stole. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The 2019 Tony Awards: “Hadestown” Triumphs, Elaine May Sparkles, and Billy Porter Wins the Red Carpet," 10 June 2019 Republican’ long for an ermine stole, a scepter and an orb. Clark Collis,, "Elvis Costello refers to Donald Trump as a 'mediocre entrepreneur' in letter accepting award from Queen," 10 June 2019 However, later on, Sinema was seen without the stole for her oath reenactment ceremony. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kyrsten Sinema Brought Some Major Lewks to Congress," 4 Jan. 2019 Even just a touch of fluff in the form of a colorful scarf, a coat collar, or a luxuriously soft stole can make gloomy winter mornings feel a little more exciting. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "These Fabulous Faux-Fur Stoles Will Make Your Old Coat Feel New Again," 8 Jan. 2019 The pair both wore all-black ensembles on the red carpet, with Naomi in a tulle gown by Versace and Valerie in a sleek suit and fur stole and Bulgari necklace. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell and Her Mom Take Mother-Daughter Style to the Next Level in Burberry’s Holiday Campaign," 13 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce stole (audio) \

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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