- Chiefly British. a coat worn as part of a military or other uniform.
- a gownlike outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes belted, worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- a woman's upper garment, either loose or close-fitting and extending over the skirt to the hips or below.
- a garment with a short skirt, worn by women for sports.
- Ecclesiastical. a tunicle.
- Anatomy, Zoology. any covering or investing membrane or part, as of an organ.
- Botany. an integument, as that covering a seed.
Origin of tunic
Examples from the Web for tunic
His tunic was always worn out and patched, but his weapons were mounted in silver.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
The policeman drew from the pocket of his tunic a dirty note-book.A Nest of Spies
Jorgenson, with his hands deep in the pockets of his tunic, listened, looking down.The Rescue
He did not attempt to go to sleep; he did not even unbutton the top button of his tunic.Victory
Bimba tells me that Tunic has disappeared no one knows whither.The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba
- any of various hip-length or knee-length garments, such as the loose sleeveless garb worn in ancient Greece or Rome, the jacket of some soldiers, or a woman's hip-length garment, worn with a skirt or trousers
- anatomy botany zoology a covering, lining, or enveloping membrane of an organ or partSee also tunica
- mainly RC Church another word for tunicle
Word Origin and History for tunic
c.1600, from Middle French tunique, from Latin tunica (cf. Spanish tunica, Italian tonica, Old English tunece, Old High German tunihha), probably from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew kuttoneth "coat," Aramaic kittuna).
- A coat or layer enveloping an organ or a part; tunica.