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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soutane a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman Catholic priests
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Soutane (Eccl. Costume) A close garnment with straight sleeves, and skirts reaching to the ankles, and buttoned in front from top to bottom; especially, the black garment of this shape worn by the clergy in France and Italy as their daily dress; a cassock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soutane Same as cassock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Soutane sōō-tān′ a cassock.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. Sp. sotana, or It. sottana, LL. subtana, fr. L. subtus, below, beneath, fr. sub, under
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. subtana—L. subtus, beneath.


In literature:

He took off his soutane, beneath which he was wearing close-fitting breeches and a cloth waistcoat, and began changing his attire.
"The Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy
But afterwards, when a black soutane darkened his doorway, he did not object; even offered some cider himself to the priest.
"Tales of Unrest" by Joseph Conrad
I rubbed my eyes, and asked him what he had done with his soutane.
"A Gentleman of France" by Stanley Weyman
And only the priest continued his pacing, flinging round the skirt of his soutane at each end of his beat.
"Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard" by Joseph Conrad
Probably he was one of those many men who actively hate the priesthood, to whom the soutane is anathema.
"The Garden Of Allah" by Robert Hichens
They followed his broad back and swinging black soutane to the farthest corner of the hospital space.
"The French Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Within the doorway, the Abbe fumbled in the pocket of his soutane and rattled a box of matches.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
And it was but at the time of the Parliament leaving College Green they began to wear the Soutane that they wear now.
"The Kiltartan History Book" by Lady I. A. Gregory
The habit in France was a soutane and scapular of white serge, with a red and blue cross on the right breast.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVII, 1609-1616" by Various
She caught at the skirt of my soutane, and broke into sobbing.
"News from the Duchy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He was in his soutane, with his sleeves rolled up to the elbow.
"Lourdes" by Robert Hugh Benson
He was moody and unshaven, and his saucerlike hat was as dusty and spotted as his frayed soutane.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
And Prince Max, tired of ballet girls, is about to take the soutane.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
But he lowered them hastily, and folded his hands over his rounded soutane.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
See, too, how they have torn your soutane all to pieces.
"Gerald Fitzgerald The Chevalier" by Charles James Lever
He was a tall man, clad in a plain black soutane.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
He wears a cap on his head and is clothed in a loose soutane.
"Great Masters in Painting: Perugino" by George C. Williamson
The priest struck the skirt of his soutane from time to time as he listened, but he was not so grieved as Pan Serafin had expected.
"On the Field of Glory" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
I rubbed my eyes, and asked him what he had done with his soutane.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
The black soutane sits no less elegantly on him than, in its time, the dress coat.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker

In poetry:

And then I saw him shyly doff
And fold his grim soutane,
And one by one his clothes take off,
Until like any man
He stood in bathing trunks, a sight
To thrill a maiden with delight.
"Sea Change" by Robert W Service