\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

Johnson’s footwear collection includes everything from optic white Birkenstocks to Robert Clergerie flatforms, all paired with easy tees and fluid frocks. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Of Course Dakota Johnson Gets Her Groceries in Chic Shower Slides," 18 June 2018 Lovely enough to rock a center part at age 45, the Goop CEO wears a black floral frock and white studded sneakers. Karen Helle,, "Go ahead, hate Goop; Gwyneth Paltrow is having the last laugh," 14 June 2018 Both frocks featured cap sleeves, button details, and flawless tailoring that highlighted each woman's best assets. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "Meghan's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney is the Pippa Middleton of the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Mandy Kao shows how its done in a crimson Milly frock, which complements both the restaurant's color scheme and umbrella girls' pink outfits. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "What to Wear: Tootsies styles Mandy Kao for Yauatcha Houston's Chinese New Year," 15 Feb. 2018 For 23 years, London Grill co-owner and Bastille Day co-creator Terry Berch McNally has appeared in frock and wig, swigging pink champagne on the prison parapet in the event’s historically irreverent portrayal of Marie Antoinette. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "Eastern State Penitentiary's Marie Antoinette will toss Tastykakes Saturday for final Bastille Day," 11 July 2018 The Princess paired the frock with a wide-brim hat by Emily London, which matched her dress perfectly. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Royal Ascot Outfit Foreshadowed Her Upcoming Royal Wedding," 19 June 2018 Then not one but what appeared to be about 20 women in cocktail frocks crowded onto the platform to join Flo Rida for his next number. Ellen Olivier,, "Race to Erase MS gala celebrates 25th anniversary with Flo Rida and an Alice and Olivia runway show," 23 Apr. 2018 Saturday is Bastille Day, and for the twenty-third and final time Terry Berch McNally will don Marie Antoinette’s frock and wig and toss Tastykakes at the crowd outside of Eastern State Penitentiary. Aubrey Nagle,, "Pickleball takes over the Jersey Shore, Pa. Supreme Court donations in question | Morning Newsletter," 12 July 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

: 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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one that holds something together

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