tu·​ni·​cle ˈtü-ni-kəl How to pronounce tunicle (audio)
: a short vestment worn by a subdeacon over the alb during mass and by a bishop under the dalmatic at pontifical ceremonies

Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French tonicle, Latin tunicula, diminutive of tunica

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tunicle was in the 14th century

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“Tunicle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunicle. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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