Middle English Dictionary Entry

stōle n.
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(a) A long garment; a robe; -- also coll. [quot. a1398]; stoles of bataille, war garments, armor; first ~, the best robe; (b) fig. and in fig. contexts; (c) the robe of a Jewish priest or high priest; prestes ~.
(a) Eccl. A liturgical vestment, consisting of a cloth band worn by a priest or bishop around the neck and hanging from the shoulders in front, or worn by a deacon over the left shoulder, a stole; -- also coll. [quot. a1425]; (b) a similar vestment worn by a Jewish priest.