\ ˈfräk How to pronounce frock (audio) \

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 Blunt returned to the Met Gala red carpet this year wearing a custom Miu Miu frock that was adorned in more than a few sparkles. Julia Marzovilla, Marie Claire, 14 Sep. 2021 This flirty frock would turn heads at a wedding or any other semi-formal occasion, and also features a fitted bodice, dainty, adjustable straps, and a sleek midi-length skirt with a high slit. Jennifer Chan,, 26 Aug. 2021 The floor-length frock left her pelvic area exposed, a fact that apparently didn’t break the location’s strict dress code. Eliza Huber,, 12 July 2021 The strappy black frock transforms me into a bombshell heading to a bar mitzvah. Liana Satenstei, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2021 After creators like Moe Black shared their reviews of the terry cloth frock on TikTok, the Aussie brand, founded in 2017, saw shoppers flooding the website to get their hands on the $239 style. Frances Solá-santiago,, 22 Aug. 2021 The gingham frock isn't the only piece of Dorothy's costume to go missing over the years. Katie Campione,, 21 July 2021 The frock is casual enough for a beach picnic yet just formal enough for a meeting. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 One episode finds our host in a poofy, heart-print frock that epitomizes what the kids call lovecore. Judy Berman, Time, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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Frobisher Bay


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24 Sep 2021

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“Frock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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


\ ˈfräk How to pronounce frock (audio) \

Kids Definition of frock

: a woman's or girl's dress

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