1. a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman Catholic priests;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Soutane \Sou`tane"\, n. [F., fr. Sp. sotana, or It. sottana, LL.
subtana, fr. L. subtus below, beneath, fr. sub under.] (Eccl.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a long cassock with buttons down the front; worn by Roman