- 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 chit?n, 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.