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
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
5 : an enclosing or covering membrane or tissue the tunic of a seed

Examples of tunic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Draped in a red tunic that provided a dramatic contrast to her silvery hair, Scott takes her place behind a rolling island in her Shaker Heights kitchen. Debbi Snook, cleveland, "Vel Scott is on a mission to teach healthy eating and cooking to Clevelanders: Cleveland Champions," 18 Dec. 2019 The full coverage suit is available along with a separate hijab, tunic top and swim leggings. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A new Nike swimwear line includes a swim hijab," 10 Dec. 2019 Middleton wore a turquoise ombré take on the shalwar kameez, the traditional dress of the country that includes a tunic top over trousers. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Royal Tour of Pakistan—See All the Best Moments," 16 Oct. 2019 In addition to his pink negligee, which has started to fray, Donny has two other outfits—a yellow smock with embroidered daisies and a no-nonsense tunic in gray. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 The Nike team added a tunic to cover the derrière and loose pants to disguise musculature. Christina Binkley, The New Yorker, "Nike Takes the Plunge Into Modest Swimwear," 9 Dec. 2019 Duchess Kate sported a bright green Catherine Walker tunic with white pants by Pakistani designer Maheen Khan in Islamabad today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Glows in Green on Day Two of the Royal Tour of Pakistan," 15 Oct. 2019 Earlier this morning, Kate also wore a vibrant green tunic by Catherine Walker and trousers by Maheen Khan. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Periwinkle Blue Kurta on Her Second Day in Pakistan," 15 Oct. 2019 The outfit is reminiscent of the shalwar kameez (or salwar kameez), a traditional tunic-and-trousers ensemble worn in South Asian countries, including Pakistan. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Kate Lands in Pakistan Wearing an Elegant Light Blue Dress and Pants," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

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“Tunic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunic. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of tunic

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

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