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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

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

The gold disco mini frock is made out of Pinatex, derived from pineapple leaves as a byproduct of the juice industry, and Tencel. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Fashion Week: Model Arizona Muse Muses on Her New Eco-Friendly Fashion Project," 20 Feb. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge has recently stepped out with thick, sometimes '90s-inspired, headbands with some of her more formal royal ensembles, like tea-length frocks and coat dresses. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Puts Her Spin on Kate Middleton's Royal Headband Trend," 22 Mar. 2019 The frock isn’t going to be showcased in an upcoming exhibit which will feature items from the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding to Prince Harry, Hello! reports. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Meghan Markle's Stella McCartney reception dress won't be part of royal wedding exhibit, report says," 30 Aug. 2018 Joined by longtime hairstylist Frederic Aspiras, the risk-taking beauty chameleon sported a playful black and white frock from Rodarte's Fall 2019 collection. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Gets a Punk Princess Makeover in Los Angeles," 18 Mar. 2019 The frock, from Brock Collection's Resort 2019 range, stays true to the brand's romantic aesthetic with a blossomy print, ruched cap sleeves, and a square neckline. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Fitted Floral Dress on a Solo Visit to a Nursing Home," 18 Dec. 2018 On Wednesday, Kate Middleton stunned in a tweed, off-the-shoulder frock by Erdem for her first official visit to the V&A museum as its royal patron. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Princess Eugenie's Stunning Wedding Dress by Peter Pilotto at Her Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 There was Yara Shahidi's soft rosy lids and voluminous curls, Laura Harrier's fuschia frock and matching magenta pout, and across the carpet, Lady Gaga swiped on a goth noir lipstick to offset her angelic white gown. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the 2019 SAG Awards," 28 Jan. 2019 The Shadow Marnies also get bright frocks and coats. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018

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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

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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