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.
- sub·tu·nic, noun
- su·per·tu·nic, noun
- un·der·tu·nic, noun
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How to use tunic in a sentence
As the kids ran up and down the pitch, their traditional long pants and tunics mixed with flashy, donated jackets and sneakers stamped with American logos.Inside a Wisconsin Army Base Where Nearly 13,000 Afghans Await an Uncertain Future | Vera Bergengruen/Fort McCoy, Wis. | October 4, 2021 | Time
The technique is not native to these communities, but the designs draw from ones long used for huipils, the traditional tunics worn in the region since pre-Columbian times.In the galleries: Humble materials yield extraordinary art | Mark Jenkins | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The typical habit for a nun was a, “long-sleeved tunic, reaching the floor and no décolleté, showing,” Campagnol says.The Venetian Nuns Who Ditched Their Habits for High Fashion | Liza Foreman | September 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then Foley was shown on his knees, his body erect—even proud—clad in an orange tunic with no collar, and his head shaved.Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times: ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist | Christopher Dickey | August 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Luke, he says, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, bag, bread, or money – not even an extra tunic” (Luke 9:3).
He officiates over the rite in purple stole over a simple tunic.
According to Bissonnette, bin Laden was wearing a sleeveless white T-shirt, loose tan pants, and a tan tunic.SEALs Book on Raid to Kill Osama Contradicts Administration’s Version in Several Key Spots | The Daily Beast | August 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even with his tunic ripped down the front, he gave the impression of making it his life business to be neat.Fee of the Frontier | Horace Brown Fyfe
He had been buried in the vestments peculiar to his office, viz., the alb and tunic.Bell's Cathedrals: A Short Account of Romsey Abbey | Thomas Perkins
Down below, Sara Lee sat with Henri's ragged tunic on her lap and stitched carefully.
Henri did not appear, though she had sent what she suspected was his only tunic back to him neatly mended at five o'clock.
From his neck to his heels he was smeared with mud, and his tidy tunic was torn into ragged holes.
British Dictionary definitions for tunic
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 part: See also tunica
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