[ too-nik, tyoo- ]
/ ˈtu nɪk, ˈtyu- /


Nearby words

  1. tungting,
  2. tungus,
  3. tungusic,
  4. tunguska,
  5. tunguz,
  6. tunica,
  7. tunica adventitia,
  8. tunica albuginea,
  9. tunica conjunctiva,
  10. tunica externa

Origin of tunic

before 900; (< French tunique) < Latin tunica; perhaps also continuing Old English tunece, tunica < Latin

Related formssub·tu·nic, nounsu·per·tu·nic, nounun·der·tu·nic, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for tunic


/ (ˈtjuːnɪk) /


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 for tunic

Old English tunice (unattested except in the accusative case), from Latin tunica

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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).

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Medicine definitions for tunic


[ tōōnĭk ]


A coat or layer enveloping an organ or a part; tunica.

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