flock

noun (1)
\ ˈfläk How to pronounce flock (audio) \

Definition of flock

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a group of animals (such as birds or sheep) assembled or herded together
2 : a group under the guidance of a leader especially : a church congregation
3 : a large number a flock of tourists

flock

verb (1)
flocked; flocking; flocks

Definition of flock (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to gather or move in a flock they flocked to the beach

flock

noun (2)

Definition of flock (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : a tuft of wool or cotton fiber
2 : woolen or cotton refuse used for stuffing furniture and mattresses
3 : very short or pulverized fiber used especially to form a velvety pattern on cloth or paper or a protective covering on metal
4 : floc

flock

verb (2)
flocked; flocking; flocks

Definition of flock (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to fill with flock
2 : to decorate with flock

Synonyms for flock

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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First Known Use of flock

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flock

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English flocc crowd, band; akin to Old Norse flokkr crowd, band

Noun (2)

Middle English flok, from Anglo-French, from Latin floccus

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The first known use of flock was in the 13th century

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“Flock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flock. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for flock

flock

noun
\ ˈfläk How to pronounce flock (audio) \

Kids Definition of flock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of animals living or kept together a flock of geese
2 : a group someone watches over the minister's flock
3 : a large number a flock of tourists

flock

verb
flocked; flocking

Kids Definition of flock (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather or move in a crowd Scientists … are flocking to the little town of Freedom to see their first living dinosaur …— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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