from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Ecclesiastical A sleeved outer vestment reaching to the knees, worn over the alb by a subdeacon or sometimes under the dalmatic by a bishop or cardinal. Also called tunic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a small tunic
  • n. a vestment worn by an archdeacon
  • n. a tunica; a membrane or membranous sheath of skin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A slight natural covering; an integument.
  • n. A short, close-fitting vestment worn by bishops under the dalmatic, and by subdeacons.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tunic; especially, a fine, thin, or delicate tunic; a slight coat or covering.
  • n. Eccles., same as tunic, 3.


Middle English, from Latin tunicula, diminutive of tunica, tunic; see tunic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin tunicula diminutive of tunica ‘tunic’. (Wiktionary)



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