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 No doubt the traditional tunic and mantle of his mendicant religious order met some standard of austerity when they were adopted in the Middle Ages. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, "Tradition without Traditionalism: Reginald Foster Requiescat in Pace," 2 Jan. 2021 Alexa Chung wears the iconic Christopher Kane for Topshop tunic. Sara Semic, refinery29.com, "What The Demise Of Topshop Means To Me & Other Millennials," 4 Dec. 2020 The tunic image that’s currently in your mind is likely boxy, oversized, and rather genderless in its silhouette. Rebecca Norris, refinery29.com, "In Praise Of Tunics, The Forgotten Style That’s Worked Wonders For My Body Confidence," 3 Dec. 2020 Likely enslaved by his companion, the second individual wore a short, pleated tunic possibly made out of wool. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Well-Preserved Remains of Two Vesuvius Victims Found in Pompeii," 23 Nov. 2020 The older victim, in addition to wearing a tunic, appeared to have had a mantle over his left shoulder. Frances D'emilio, chicagotribune.com, "No escape: New remains, believed to be a rich man and slave, discovered in Pompeii," 21 Nov. 2020 Beautiful, high-quality sweaters are also discounted, such as the Crystal tunic sweater, normally $118, now $59. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Cozy sweaters and throw blankets are up to 50% off at Anthropologie—but only for today," 11 Nov. 2020 Simply pairing a short dress or a tunic over a pair of pants offers ease without sacrificing practicality. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "The 2020 Way To Wear Mini Dresses," 3 Nov. 2020 Didi came to class dressed in a toub, a long women’s tunic traditional in Sudan, her parents’ native country. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Didi’s voice," 19 Oct. 2020

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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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“Tunic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunic. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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