One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's long scarf or shawl, especially of fur or similar material, worn loosely over the shoulders.
shawl, scarf, wrap, boa, tippet, capeView synonyms
- ‘Fabrics such as silk, satin, pure wool, macramé and cotton were present not only on the clothes but also on accessories such as scarves, stoles, handbags and hats, in homage to Sinatra.’
- ‘As India's most fashionable week opens this year on April 20, also present will be accessory stalls, which will include items like jewellery, scarves and stoles.’
- ‘Bringing the best of hand woven textiles under one roof is ‘The Shawl Show’, an exhibition of shawls, scarves and stoles from various parts of the country that was inaugurated on Monday.’
- ‘Some went so far as to swath themselves in mink coats or fur stoles, their heads adorned with high-fashioned hats having netted veils.’
- ‘Look out too for similarities in shops to the shaved fur capes that hit the catwalks, fur gilets, fur stoles and fur trapper hats.’
- ‘Necklines were chopped, dresses were butchered and the models sported fake fur stoles and huge furry leg warmers.’
- ‘Debenhams has fringed wraps from £30 and Accessorize has evening stoles and sequined scarves from £15.’
- ‘The American mink was transported to Britain several decades ago to be raised in mink farms for the production of coats and stoles.’
- ‘Any outfit can have a little enhancement with our wide range of stoles and shawls.’
- ‘She left behind 15 mink coats, six silver fox stoles, a dress studded with diamonds, a bullet-proof bra and 2,800 pairs of her coveted shoes.’
- ‘Real or faux fur, shrugs, stoles or capelets are also great alternatives.’
- ‘At the alter, her medieval bridesmaids are wrapped in mink fur stoles.’
- ‘The small skins are used in the fur trade for trimming coats, stoles, and neck-pieces.’
- ‘Luxury yarn scarves and stoles in cashmere and alpaca or mohair, will come richly embellished with pearlized effects, embroidery or spangles.’
- ‘This constant interactive process between weavers and designers has resulted in the production of a wide range of Ahimsa silk products, including shawls, stoles and garments.’
- ‘Indians stoles, shawls and textiles found their way into English homes and Indian wools and cottons became a part of European dress.’
- ‘Of course they could be wearing ermine stoles and top hats for all you know and care.’
- ‘Lindsey and Victoria wore cranberry strapless bodices with matching A-line skirts and stoles with crystal detail.’
- ‘The exhibition will showcase a special range of shawls, stoles, garments, sarees, scarves, caps, gloves, sweaters, durries and fabric in embroidery, mirror work, weaves and natural dyes.’
- ‘With a price tag from Rs.350 to 3,500, one could choose from an assortment of sarees, dress materials, dupattas, stoles, bed spreads and cushion covers, in both cotton and silk.’
- 1.1 Of a strip of fabric used as an ecclesiastical vestment, worn over the shoulders and hanging down to the knee or below.
- ‘Along the back of the DBS were liturgical stoles, pulpit gowns, and choir robes.’
- ‘Martyrs' days are still kept in the Roman Catholic and Anglican liturgical calendars, when the priests' stoles and chasubles are red to signify the martyrs' blood shed for the faith.’
- ‘There are also richly-illustrated manuscripts and bishops’ copes and stoles, including one worn by Charles 1 during a visit in 1633.’
- ‘Besides heavily ornate vestments, stoles, monstrance, pulpits, bells, paintings, representations of the Way of the Cross and statues of saints are among the major attractions.’
- ‘The pastors officiating at the funeral wore their purple stoles.’
Old English (in the senses ‘long robe’ and ‘priest's vestment’), via Latin from Greek stolē ‘clothing’, from stellein ‘array’.
- past of steal
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