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SOUTANE

A cassock worn by the clergy. A long, fitted garment covering the body from neck to ankle, fastened by means of buttons, sash, or cord. (Etym. French; from Italian sottana, garment worn under [religious vestments], from sotto, under; from Latin subtus, beneath, from sub, under.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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