tunic

noun
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

Examples of tunic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s associated with Greco-Roman dress, known for its layered effect created through a heavy piece of fabric, folded over the upper edge of the tunic. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 6 Apr. 2022 The blanket and the tunic were distinct in every way, but somehow still neighbors. James Somers, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 For example, the jerkin, which is a more fitted version of the short tunic worn by working-class men during that time. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 6 Nov. 2021 Finally, check out this classic woven tunic cover-up. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Bishop Lavrentij Mygovich, a white-bearded cleric dressed in a long gray tunic with a wooden cross around his neck, stepped out of the police van and walked to the back of the vehicle containing the coffin. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Bishop Lavrentij Mygovich, a white-bearded cleric dressed in a long gray tunic with a wooden cross around his neck, stepped out of the police van and walked to the back of the vehicle containing the coffin. Isabelle Khurshudyan And Sudarsan Raghavan, Anchorage Daily News, 20 May 2022 The sepia portrait showed a fresh-faced cadet, barely older than Nikita was now, in a Red Army tunic and wool cap. James Verini, New York Times, 19 May 2022 The same design comes on a tunic, a hoodie, a blouse, and a pullover sweater, and there are a ton of colors to choose from. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Tunic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunic. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for tunic

tunic

noun
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

tunic

noun
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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