Definition of chiton in English:

chiton

noun

  • 1A long woollen tunic worn in ancient Greece.

    • ‘With each one I made, they were better and better until even Kratos asked me to make him his chitons for him.’
    • ‘Grumbling, I washed from the basin and pulled on my chiton.’
    • ‘Her chiton, the traditional Greek clothing, made from thin white linen that was stained various shades of brown from her work, was wrapped round the her, with the excess material folded over the top.’
    • ‘She is dressed in nothing more than a chiton, unlike Juno, who wears a himation over hers.’
    • ‘I held her tight as she soaked my chiton with her tears.’
    • ‘Clutching the chiton tight around myself, I ran to the courtyard and I almost wept when I saw everyone there.’
    • ‘Isidore's face was pale and he quickly recovered, dusting his chiton.’
    • ‘Last Friday they celebrated all things Greek, dressing up in chitons, the traditional clothing, performing a fashion show and trying new foods, such as olives, honey cakes and feta cheese.’
    • ‘To begin the day the class dressed in their chitons and prepared for an Olympics.’
    • ‘Both Isidore and Feodor were clad in simple chitons that showed off their large, muscular arms.’
    • ‘I slowly walked up to my mother and tugged gently on her chiton.’
    • ‘Over the chiton, if you could afford it, a woollen cloak was worn, made from an oblong piece of cloth, usually simply draped around the body, sometimes pinned on one side.’
    • ‘But Philadelphos tugged at my chiton until I shifted my attention back to entertaining him.’
    • ‘Sagira straightened her chiton, which had begun to slip off her shoulders, and leaned against the balcony railing casually, staring out at the ocean.’
    • ‘Pupils recreated an Olympic stadium and dressed up in toga-like costumes, which are known as chitons in Greek, or armour made out of cardboard.’
    • ‘I pulled on a chiton and wrapped a himation around me since the day was cool.’
    • ‘Hades was dressed in some sort of long black himation while his wife wore a white chiton.’
    • ‘Carelessly, I stripped myself of my chiton and my sandals.’
    • ‘In a Greek chiton, Duncan was famous for dancing barefoot.’
    • ‘In one hand Liberty brandishes the tricolour and in the other she holds a flintlock, but otherwise she is in the classical costume of a goddess of victory, and her lemony chiton has slipped off both shoulders.’
  • 2A marine mollusc that has an oval flattened body with a shell of overlapping plates.

    Also called coat-of-mail shell
    • ‘A chiton has eight overlapping shell plates, and can, if dislodged, roll into a rough ball with its plates on the exterior.’
    • ‘Conchiferans are ‘all molluscs except chitons and aplacophorans’ - i.e. snails, cephalopods, etc.’
    • ‘We do have pages on the Solenogastres and the worm-like Caudofoveata, as well as the chitons and some early shelled mollusks, the Rostroconchia.’
    • ‘Gibbons is alone in devoting a whole chapter to chitons as food.’
    • ‘They have an unmodified appearance like that of gastropods, chitons, and cephalopods, and, one may assume, Hecionelloids.’

Origin

From Greek khitōn ‘tunic’. chiton (sense 2) is a modern Latin genus name.

Pronunciation

chiton

/ˈkʌɪtɒn//ˈkʌɪt(ə)n/