- The definition of a tunic is a long, loose-fitting garment such as a loose shirt worn over pants, or is a tight-fitting short coat that is part of some military and police uniforms.
- A long, loose fitting top worn over a skirt is an example of a tunic.
- A short coat worn by a police officer is an example of a tunic.
- a loose, gownlike garment worn by men and women in ancient Greece and Rome
- a blouselike garment extending to the hips or lower, usually gathered at the waist, often with a belt
- Chiefly Brit. a short coat forming part of the uniform of soldiers, policemen, etc.
- a vestment worn over the alb, as formerly by a subdeacon, or by a bishop under the dalmatic
- a natural covering of a plant, animal, etc.
Origin of tunicClassical Latin tunica ; from an unverified form ktunica, of Semitic origin, originally (prob. via Punic), as in Aramaic ktūnā, Phoenician ktn, garment worn next to the skin (from source Classical Greek chitōn)
- a. A loose-fitting garment, sleeved or sleeveless, extending to the knees and worn by men and women especially in ancient Greece and Rome.b. A medieval surcoat.
- A long, plain, close-fitting jacket, usually having a stiff high collar and worn as part of a uniform.
- A loose-fitting women's garment that falls to the hip or thigh and is often worn over leggings or pants.
- Anatomy A coat or layer enveloping an organ or part.
- Botany A loose membranous outer covering of a bulb or corm, as of an onion, tulip, or crocus.
- See tunicle.
Origin of tunicMiddle English tunik, from Old French tunique, from Latin tunica, of Phoenician origin; akin to Hebrew kuttōnet, k&schwa;tōnet, from Central Semitic *kuttān, *kittān; see chiton.
- A garment worn over the torso, with or without sleeves, and of various lengths reaching from the hips to the ankles.
- cutin, cut in
Middle French tunique, from Latin tunica, possibly from Semitic ; see also Aramaic [script?] (kittuna), Hebrew ×›×•×ª× ×ª×” (kuttoneth, â€œcoatâ€); or from Etruscan. Existed in Old English as "tunece"; unknown if term was lost and then reborrowed later.