Definition of tunic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtjuːnɪk/


1A loose garment, typically sleeveless and reaching to the knees, as worn in ancient Greece and Rome.
Example sentences
  • This garment was a wool or linen tunic reaching the knee, with baggy, elbow length sleeves and side slits up to the waist to allow free movement.
  • Over the tunic he wore a scapula, a long tunic with wide, three-quarter length sleeves, usually of a darker undyed wool.
  • Some had old clothing, from ancient togas and tunics to overalls and denim.
1.1A loose, thigh-length garment, worn typically by women over a skirt or trousers: [as modifier]: A-line tunic tops
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  • She has the same fashion sense as her mother, always wearing trousers and a loose tunic instead of a gown.
  • The school already allowed girls to wear a headscarf with the shalwar kameez - loose trousers and tunic approved by local Muslim leaders.
  • He was in the matching tunic and trousers dressmaker Sarah had designed to match the gown of his bride.
1.2A gymslip.
2A close-fitting short coat as part of a uniform, especially a police or military uniform.
Example sentences
  • All school aged children from both public and private schools are required to wear a uniform, usually a tunic with a white blouse wore underneath.
  • The 45-strong squad is to begin fund-raising soon to enable them either to make or buy their own glittering tunics and uniforms.
  • In the Franco-Prussian war there were three regiments, which fought fiercely at Wissembourg and Wörth, in their distinctive short light-blue tunics.
3 Biology & Anatomy An integument or membrane enclosing or lining an organ or part.
3.1 Botany Any of the concentric layers of a plant bulb, e.g. an onion.
Example sentences
  • Tulips have a brown papery coating called a tunic.
  • The scale leaves are under the tunic and hold all the nutrients needed to grow the cultivar.
  • Avoid bulbs with spindly, pale stem growth, active root growth, missing tunic (the skin on the bulb) and surface mould or disease.
3.2 Zoology The rubbery outer coat of a sea squirt.
Example sentences
  • The muscle fiber types used for slow jetting, hovering and respiration are located immediately beneath the inner and outer tunics.
  • The entire package is protected by a thin outer skin called the tunic.
  • The body of the zooid and tunic is transparent enough for the observation of heartbeats.


Old English, from Old French tunique or Latin tunica.

Words that rhyme with tunic

Munich, Punic, runic

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