tu·​nic | \ ˈtü-nik How to pronounce tunic (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tunic

1a : 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
2a : a hip-length or longer blouse or jacket
b : a short overskirt
3 : a long usually plain close-fitting jacket with high collar worn especially as part of a uniform
4 : tunicle
5 : an enclosing or covering membrane or tissue the tunic of a seed

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Luna, in a very fetch Moana tunic/pj set/dress, chattered along and pointed at her dad excitedly. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and Daughter Luna Dance Adorably to John Legend Singing Live," 17 Apr. 2019 Past outings have seen Glenn stick to his tunic-and-jeans pairing, while Jackson has worn everything from floral slip dresses to fringed vests. Vogue, "Paris Jackson and Her New Boyfriend Are Fashion’s Grooviest New Couple," 23 May 2019 The sisters, white veils covering their heads and tunics draping their bodies, sat in silence, their day adhering to a routine that has defined their lives for decades. Rick Rojas, New York Times, "Sisters’ Quiet Life of Prayer Disrupted by an Affordable Housing Fight," 8 Feb. 2018 That collection was a seminal one for the Great Leggings-As-Pants Comeback, encouraging styling people everywhere to wear their black leggings under dresses, tunics, and so on. Amy Hou, Glamour, "The Black Leggings I Never Hesitate to Wear As Pants," 4 Dec. 2018 Kaulitz also had his look down to a T, complete with special effects makeup and Shrek's signature tunic and vest. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Heidi Klum and Her Boyfriend Were Fiona and Shrek for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 Princess Leonor, 12, wore a blue dress with tulip sleeves, while Princess Sofia, 11, went for a white tunic-like frock. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royal Family's Vacation Portraits Are Here and They're Definitely Much Nicer Than Ours," 30 July 2018 Shepherd, elegant in an animal-print tunic and dangly earrings, easily tucked her hands behind her head, displaying good range of motion. Paula Span, The Seattle Times, "Older patients have stories: Students, listen up," 26 Oct. 2018 His shock of white hair burst out in tufts from a black skullcap adorned with rhinestones and sequins from every hue of a neon-colored rainbow, his protruding belly covered by a mustard-yellow tunic. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of tunic

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tunic

Old English tunice, from Latin tunica, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew kuttōneth coat

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English Language Learners Definition of tunic

: 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.


tu·​nic | \ ˈtü-nik How to pronounce tunic (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tunic

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


tu·​nic | \ ˈt(y)ü-nik How to pronounce tunic (audio) \

Medical Definition of tunic

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

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