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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

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Examples of frock in a Sentence

Noun 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 Once the actress got the frock on and stepped out for the first time, people were speechless. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Corrin Says Wearing Princess Diana's Wedding Dress in The Crown Left Everyone "Completely Silent"," 8 Sep. 2020 Wearing a pretty, puffy frock to collect berries—or picnic on them atop a grassy knoll—is cottagecore. Adrienne Matei, Glamour, "The ‘Strawberry Dress’ Is a Viral Sensation But It's Also an Unlikely Symbol of Inclusivity," 17 Aug. 2020 Since that night in 1985, the frock has been considered as one of Princess Diana's most memorable style moments. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana's Iconic "John Travolta Dress" to be Displayed at Kensington Palace," 30 July 2020 While out in Beverly Hills, Markle chose a summer-friendly frock by the brand Magic Linen. Eliza Huber,, "Meghan Markle’s Summer-Perfect Linen Dress Is Still Available — & Under $80," 13 July 2020 The retailer’s second best-selling dress overall at the moment, a short sleeve empire waist frock from DB Moon, is a casual style with pockets that’s perfect for throwing on when temperatures rise. Jessica Leigh Mattern,, "These 5 Best-Selling Amazon Dresses All Have Pockets — and They’re All Under $35," 12 July 2020 Gone were the colorful crowds dressed in fancy frock coats, top hats and wacky hats. Pan Pylas, USA TODAY, "Pandemic: Queen Elizabeth II misses Royal Ascot racing meet for first time in reign," 17 June 2020 Best Denim Spring Dress Denim dresses will forever be our favorite frock to throw on and feel effortleslly put together. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "19 Cheap Spring Dresses That Look Anything But," 12 Mar. 2020 Leave your bright frocks behind when visiting somber places like memorials. New York Times, "How to Make Your Travel Clothes Pop on Instagram," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of frock was in the 14th century

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23 Sep 2020

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“Frock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frock

old-fashioned : 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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