\ˈfräk \

Definition of frock 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an outer garment worn by monks and friars : habit

2 : an outer garment worn chiefly by men:

a : a long loose mantle

b : a workman's outer shirt especially : smock frock

c : a woolen jersey worn especially by sailors

3 : a woman's dress


frocked; frocking; frocks

Definition of frock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to clothe in a frock

2 : to make a cleric of

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Synonyms for frock

Synonyms: Noun

dress, gown

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Examples of frock in a Sentence


please get into your nicest frock and join us at the party the man clutched his heavy frock as he made his way through the driving rain

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In August, she was seen pedaling along in a floral frock by Anthropologie. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wore the Ultimate London Look on a Bike Ride," 13 Sep. 2018 The high-neck, white floral frock was designed by Erdem, a favorite of many fashionable royals. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Proves a Floral Dress Works at Royal Ascot and the UN," 27 July 2018 Laura Ashley’s matching floral frocks in the brand’s late 1980s heyday, with matching perms, spring to mind. Michelle Ruiz, WSJ, "Mommy-and-Me Style: Cute or Creepy?," 17 July 2018 Each exhibition adheres to the same strategy: mannequins perched on platforms, period photographs, explanatory placards and a strict mandate to never touch the frocks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "A Museum Show Where the Exhibits Are for Sale," 6 Aug. 2018 She's worn everything from a J.Crew frock to a Ralph Lauren wrap midi dress. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton Wears Claudie Pierlot for a Little Shopping Ahead of Her Due Date," 8 Oct. 2018 For cocktail hour, there’s a slick puff-sleeve number by Ganni or a cheetah print frock by Altuzarra. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Shop 16 Modest Midi Dresses, Fall’s Must-Have Piece," 17 Sep. 2018 Two years after wearing a shocking midriff-baring frock with matching feathered headdress to the Oscars, Cher rocked another outrageous Bob Mackie creation. Addie Morfoot, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 22 Moments That Defined the Oscars," 2 Mar. 2018 To top off her edgy frock, Suave Professionals celebrity stylist, Jenny Cho, wanted to create a look that was cool with a bit of an edge. Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen, "Recreate Carey Mulligan's MET Gala Look!," 8 May 2012

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First Known Use of frock


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for frock


Middle English frok, from Anglo-French froc, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German hroch mantle, coat

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English Language Learners Definition of frock

: a woman's or girl's dress

: a long outer garment worn by some Christian monks and friars


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Kids Definition of frock

: a woman's or girl's dress

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a knickknack or trinket

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