Soutane

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soutane

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.

Origin: F, fr. Sp. Sotana, or It. Sottana, LL. Subtana, fr. L. Subtus below, beneath, fr. Sub under.