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[too-ni-kuh l, tyoo-]
noun Ecclesiastical.
  1. a vestment worn over the alb by subdeacons, as at the celebration of the Mass, and by bishops.
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Origin of tunicle

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tunicula, equivalent to tunic(a) tunic + -ula -ule
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Historical Examples

  • A little later the sub-deacon wore a tunicle, which was a scantier dalmatic.

    Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England

    Edward L. Cutts

  • The Mandans and Manitaries often suffer from diseases in the eyes; many are one-eyed, or have a tunicle over one eye.

  • The tunicle, worn underneath the dalmatic, was similar to it in shape, but made of linen.

British Dictionary definitions for tunicle


  1. mainly RC Church the liturgical vestment worn by the subdeacon and bishops at High Mass and other religious ceremonies
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Word Origin

C14: from Latin tunicula a little tunic
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