frock coat


: a man's knee-length usually double-breasted coat

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Concealed beneath its frock coat, the latter part of the musical is very angry, and this is the fuse that catches light from the ensemble’s obvious sense of mission. Helen Shaw, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 Later in life, Elizabeth established herself as master of the frock coat, dress and matching hat in colors as bold as purple, orange, red and fuchsia. Caryn Franklin, CNN, 9 Sep. 2022 In one scene, Disney donned a top hat and frock coat and served as an extra. Neima Jahromi, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Lavoisier wears a plain black frock coat and sits at a table with a quill pen in his hand, and with papers and glass instruments (a gasometer, a barometer) before him. Cynthia Saltzman, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 Rather, the turquoise frock coat takes the leopard’s spots and abstracts them into a fascinating pattern that remains at an aesthetic distance from the creature that inspired it. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 The collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, includes a French men’s frock coat from the seventeen-eighties, the silk-velvet pile of which is woven with black-and-white spots. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 This collection channels that energy, but—thankfully—without a frock coat or breeches in sight. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 Standing nearby was Ross Hetrick, dressed as Thaddeus Stevens in a black frock coat, cravat and ill-fitting wig. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frock coat was in 1823

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“Frock coat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

frock coat

: a man's long overcoat

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