Definition of soutane in English:



  • A type of cassock worn by Roman Catholic priests.

    • ‘During retreats we'd walk around in silence, everyone in soutanes, rosary beads in hand, or a book, meditating, praying, thinking, drifting.’
    • ‘I have only seen one priest wear a soutane in the last 20 years.’
    • ‘At that time, in the Parish Church, the servers wore black soutanes all through the year, until Christmas when the red soutane was donned.’
    • ‘The Pope puts on his pontifical clericals - white soutane and skull cap.’
    • ‘They were all dressed in soutanes, which were a terrible barrier to openness and communication.’
    • ‘A black soutane with a narrow picotee edge of brilliant carmine red is the garment affected by Cardinals for everyday wear.’
    • ‘‘He was very serious in his white surplice and black soutane,’ recalled one former friend.’
    • ‘Carroll enters the classroom - the setting is deliberately sparse: a large blackboard, a crucifix, a lift-up desk and one wooden chair - dressed in the white collarless shirt, black soutane and trousers of the Christian Brothers order.’
    • ‘A slight, white-haired figure wearing a short red cape and wine and gold stole over his white soutane, the new pope stepped smiling through red velvet curtains onto the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica shortly before 7 p.m.’
    • ‘Yet I found him so repellent that if I saw the bizarre figure in sunglasses and black flapping soutane arriving, I sometimes ran into the toilets to avoid him.’
    • ‘When some poor seminarians were being bullied for wearing the soutane and wanting a traditional formation, one great man, after long years of service, at an age when most men are retired, took these seminarians in.’


Mid 19th century: from French, from Italian sottana, from sotto ‘under’, from Latin subtus.