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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 entire family was dressed in their spring best, with Sascha sporting a stylish blue frock with tie shoulder straps and Jessica glowing in a green-and-white gingham dress., "Jerry Seinfeld and Wife Jessica Step Out with Son Shepherd, 13, and Daughter Sascha, 18," 6 June 2019 Sophie, Countess of Wessex brought the royal fashion to the annual horse race in a navy Emilia Wickstead jumpsuit—a refreshing break from from ladylike frocks and gowns at the high-society occasion. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie, Countess of Wessex Rocked a Jumpsuit at the Royal Ascot—And It Wasn't Her First Time," 20 June 2019 Like the contrails of a jet liner, the first couple leave behind a photo spread of face-framing hats, designer evening gowns, one Gucci postcard frock, one pussybow blouse and one spectacularly ill-fitting example of full evening dress. Washington Post, "Trump’s catastrophic fashion choices in England were not just a sign of bad taste," 6 June 2019 From fashionable summer frocks to beach-ready accessories, these are musts for fun in the sun. John-john Williams Iv,, "Fells Point's Poppy & Stella boutique opens historic Ellicott City location," 5 June 2019 From Jennifer Lawrence's Rosie Assouline blush frock (not to mention show-stopping engagement ring) to Kate Bock's crop top and covet-worthy abs, who needed to watch the match? Laurel Benedum, ELLE Decor, "7 Decadent Rooms Inspired By This Weekend's Chicest Celebrity Outfits," 4 June 2019 To create the collection, Kelsey drew inspiration from little girls’ dresses — think big, frilly communion frocks — while also nodding to the southern romantic girl. Teen Vogue, "Designer Kelsey Randall Has Launched a Line of Made-to-Order Baby Doll Dresses," 29 May 2019 His pictures, where model ships or women’s frocks are often placed atop images of endless fields, the sea, or forests, can have a phenomenal physical presence. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "Sanford Schwartz," 9 May 2019 Way back in February 2018, for her first official engagement alongside Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry, Meghan selected a navy belted satin wrap frock, which was also in a trench coat style, by Jason Wu. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Obsessed with Trench Coat Dresses and So Are We," 8 May 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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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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