[too-nik, tyoo-]


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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Related Words for tunic

blouse, jacket, robe, coat, chiton, surcoat, kirtle, toga

Examples from the Web for tunic

Historical Examples of 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

    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.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Bimba tells me that Tunic has disappeared no one knows whither.

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 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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tunic in Medicine




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