- a loose garment of varying length, similar to a tunic, worn by both men and women in ancient Greece
- any of a class (Polyplacophora) of mostly small, ovoid marine mollusks, having a dorsal shell consisting of eight articulating calcareous plates and a ventral foot
Origin of chitonClassical Greek chitōn, garment, tunic, coat of mail: see tunic
- Any of various marine mollusks of the class Polyplacophora that live on rocks and have shells consisting of eight overlapping calcareous plates. Also called sea cradle.
- A tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece.
Origin of chitonGreek khitōn, tunic, from Central Semitic *kittān, from Akkadian kitû, kita’um, flax, linen, from Sumerian gada, gida.
From New Latin chiton, from Ancient Greek χιτών (khitōn, “tunic”); see also English chiton.