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tunic

[too-nik, tyoo-]
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noun
  1. Chiefly British. a coat worn as part of a military or other uniform.
  2. a gownlike outer garment, with or without sleeves and sometimes belted, worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
  3. a woman's upper garment, either loose or close-fitting and extending over the skirt to the hips or below.
  4. a garment with a short skirt, worn by women for sports.
  5. Ecclesiastical. a tunicle.
  6. Anatomy, Zoology. any covering or investing membrane or part, as of an organ.
  7. Botany. an integument, as that covering a seed.
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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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Examples from the Web for tunic

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Jorgenson, with his hands deep in the pockets of his tunic, listened, looking down.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He did not attempt to go to sleep; he did not even unbutton the top button of his tunic.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • How shall I describe the agony which Tunic's narrative caused me!


British Dictionary definitions for tunic

tunic

noun
  1. 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
  2. anatomy botany zoology a covering, lining, or enveloping membrane of an organ or partSee also tunica
  3. mainly RC Church another word for tunicle
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Word Origin

Old English tunice (unattested except in the accusative case), from Latin tunica
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Word Origin and History for tunic

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tunic in Medicine

tunic

(tōōnĭk)
n.
  1. A coat or layer enveloping an organ or a part; tunica.
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