noun tu·nic \ˈtü-nik, ˈtyü-\

: a loose piece of clothing usually without sleeves that reaches to the knees and that was worn by men and women in ancient Greece and Rome

: a long shirt worn by women that reaches to or just below the hips

: a long jacket with a high collar worn by soldiers, police officers, etc.

Full Definition of TUNIC

a :  a simple slip-on garment made with or without sleeves and usually knee-length or longer, belted at the waist, and worn as an under or outer garment by men and women of ancient Greece and Rome
b :  surcoat
:  an enclosing or covering membrane or tissue <the tunic of a seed>
:  a long usually plain close-fitting jacket with high collar worn especially as part of a uniform
:  tunicle
a :  a short overskirt
b :  a hip-length or longer blouse or jacket

Origin of TUNIC

Old English tunice, from Latin tunica, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew kuttōneth coat
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with TUNIC

TUNIC Defined for Kids


noun tu·nic \ˈtü-nik, ˈtyü-\

Definition of TUNIC for Kids

:  a usually knee-length belted garment worn by ancient Greeks and Romans
:  a shirt or jacket reaching to or just below the hips
Medical Dictionary


noun tu·nic \ˈt(y)ü-nik\

Medical Definition of TUNIC

:  an enclosing or covering membrane or tissue :  tunica <the tunics of the eye>


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