- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkaɪtn̩/, /ˈkaɪtɑn/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkaɪtn̩/, /ˈkaɪtɒn/
- Rhymes: -aɪtən
- A loose woolen tunic, worn by both men and women in Ancient Greece.
1992, Donna Tartt, The Secret History:
- On the night of our first attempt, we simply overdrank and passed out in our chitons in the woods near Francis’s house.
- 1998, Colette Susan Czapski, NM238: A Hellenistic Statue and Its Archaistic Support, Kim J. Hartswick, Mary Carol Sturgeon (editors), Stephanos: Studies in Honor of Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway, page 53,
- She wears a diaphanous himation that covers her torso, over a floor-length chiton of heavier fabric.
2002, Nikolaos Kaltsas (editor), chapter I, in Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens, page 156:
- She wears a chiton and himation, using both hands to hold the edge of the latter, in which she has gathered apples.
chiton (plural chitons)
- Any of various rock-clinging marine molluscs of the class Polyplacophora, including the genus Chiton.
1969, Sam Hinton, chapter I, in Seashore Life of Southern California, page 72:
- In the giant chiton, Cryptochiton, this girdle has expanded so as to completely cover the plates.
1979, R. McNeill Alexander, chapter I, in The Invertebrates, page 295:
- The chiton (Fig. 14.1 a) is depressed (dorso-ventrally flattened), with a large foot which has a flat sole.
1996, Paul Henson, chapter I, in The Natural History of Big Sur, page 70:
- The bright orange gumboot chiton (Cryptochiton stelleri) is the largest in the world.