tunic

noun tu·nic \ ˈtü-nik , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunic

1 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
2 a :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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Origin and Etymology of tunic

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


TUNIC Defined for English Language Learners

tunic

noun

Definition of tunic for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


TUNIC Defined for Kids

tunic

noun tu·nic \ ˈtü-nik , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunic for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

tunic

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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