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 (so͞o-tän′, -tăn′)
A cassock, especially one that buttons up and down the front.

[French, alteration (influenced by French sous, under) of obsolete sottane, from Italian sottana, from sotto, under, from Latin subtus, from sub; see upo in Indo-European roots.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a priest's cassock
[C19: from French, from Old Italian sottana, from Medieval Latin subtanus (adj) (worn) beneath, from Latin subtus below]
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a cassock.
[1830–40; < French < Italian sottana, feminine of sottano placed below =sott(o) below (< Latin subtus) + -ano -an1]
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Noun1.soutane - a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman Catholic priests
cassock - a black garment reaching down to the ankles; worn by priests or choristers
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[suːˈtɑːn] Nsotana f
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n (Eccl) → Soutane f
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But afterwards, when a black soutane darkened his doorway, he did not object; even offered some cider himself to the priest.
Gabriel scrambled to hide the food and rushed to change from his underclothes into his soutane, then cleared his throat to make way for a more "pastoral" voice inviting his visitor in.
Vicente Dacuycuy Jr., who happily says yes to requests for him to wear his soutane again.
Stephen's humiliation at the hands of the prefect of studies for breaking his eyeglasses is marked by the "swish of the sleeve of the soutane" (39) as the priest raises the pandybat high, a strange moment which is so interesting and then evolves later, when his interview with the Jesuit who asks him to consider joining the order begins with the "swish of a soutane" (131) as the priest opens the door to enter the room.
I put on my soutane, I kissed my cross, offering to God the sacrifice of my life.
Les pretres n'etaient pas moins agites, et souvent ils abandonnaient la soutane pour s'engager dans les bandes armees (21).
Father Pascual's soutane stood out on the steps of the church.
Nous etions parfois trois ou quatre pretres ou religieux, en soutane, a ses cours ; deux ou trois religieuses de differents habits suivaient les memes cours parmi les laics.
Ils ont, sous peine d'excommunication, [beaucoup moins que]jure de garder le secret absolu sur tout ce qui concerne directement ou indirectement le scrutin[beaucoup plus grand que], avant qu'un cardinal, le Francais Jean-Louis Tauran, n'annonce [beaucoup moins que]Habemus papam[beaucoup plus grand que] et que l'un d'entre eux ne sorte de la Basilique Saint-Pierre avec une soutane blanche, c'est-a-dire elu 266e pape de l'Eeglise catholique.
Once the new pope has accepted the job and indicated his new name, he immediately dons the papal vestments, a skull cap and white soutane.