- The definition of a stile is a step for going over something, or a vertical strip in a frame.
- An example of a stile is a step for climbing over a fence.
- An example of a stile is a vertical piece of wood in a door frame.
- a step or set of steps used in climbing over a fence or wall
Origin of stileMiddle English ; from Old English stigel ; from stigan, to climb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steigh-, to step, climb from source stair, Sanskrit stighnoti, (he) climbs, Classical Greek stichos, a row, line
Origin of stileDutch stijl, doorpost
- A set or series of steps for crossing a fence or wall.
- A turnstile.
Origin of stileMiddle English, from Old English stigel; see steigh- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of stileProbably from Dutch stijl, doorpost, from Middle Dutch, possibly from Latin stilus, pole, post.
- A set of steps surmounting a fence or wall, or a narrow gate or contrived passage through a fence or wall, which in either case allows people but not livestock to pass.
- A vertical component of a panel or frame, such as that of a door or window.
- A pin set on the face of a dial, to cast a shadow; a style.
From Middle English stile, style, stiȝele, from Old English stiġel (“stile, set of steps for getting over a fence”), from Proto-Germanic *stigilō (“entry, entrance, overpass, device for climbing, stile”), equivalent to sty (“to ascend, climb”) + -le. Cognate with Dutch stijl (“stile”), Dutch stegel (“stirrup”), Low German Stegel (“stile”), German Stiegel (“stile”).