tu·nic | \ˈtü-nik, 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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Ditto Janus Stefanowicz’s costumes, which juxtapose contemporary outfits with medieval-seeming tunics and breastplates for the men and red velvet for Guenevere. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 Betsy Jochum’s 1940s baseball tunic was tailor-made for the American woman’s transition from the decorative to the active. Andrea Modica, Smithsonian, "Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women’s Baseball Players Took the Field," 23 May 2018 The designer was asked to create a robe for the Spanish choir Orfeón Donostiarra in 1945 and redesigned the white tunics in 1964. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd, latimes.com, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Eugenie looked radiant in a patterned one shoulder tunic over black leggings, and Brooksbank wore a navy suit with a yellow tie. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A Definitive History of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Relationship," 2 July 2018 A dozen warriors in green tunics and crimson cloaks march down a long central staircase, brandishing golden swords and shields. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 Some of the creations were taken straight from the Maasai people with neck beadwork, rich red tones and ornate sleeveless tunics. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "The wardrobe of Wakanda: a costume designer’s dream," 27 May 2018 Shoppers will find easy-to-wear tunics, tees and dresses, most often featuring the colorful floral embroidery for which the label is known. SFChronicle.com, "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 During festivals and important events, politicians like to don national costume — the herders’ calf-length tunic, or deel — but are doing nothing to protect the source of that culture, Tungalag said. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 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, 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 \

Medical Definition of tunic 

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

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