frock coat


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

Examples of frock coat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His plays, however, can turn stuffy and melodramatic in modern productions: living museum dioramas in which women in long skirts and men in frock coats howl about syphilis and scandal. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2024 For her look, Ghesquière referenced men’s courtly attire of the ancien régime with a black frock coat with gold embroidery. Vogue, 20 Mar. 2024 For the moderate liberal in his top hat and frock coat, here was a chance to overturn the monarchies that sat so heavily on top of every society and usher in a new regime of virtue and merit, of free trade and fair exchange. James Robins, The New Republic, 8 Aug. 2023 Her dresses and frock coats, often by British designer Fiona Clare, fit more expertly. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 So Camilla looks sleek, pulled together, her frock coats and fascinators dutifully in position, and her hair essentially unchanged for decades — her own version of the uniform that will telegraph a sense of security. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 After appearing in modern dress, the all-female-identifying, nonbinary and transgender cast members slip on frock coats, pull their white socks up to their knees and step into buckle shoes to become Colonial Americans, only deconstructed and in full color. Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 The only touch of the moribund was provided by Jonathan Majors, who arrived, in style, as a Victorian undertaker: frock coat, high collar, black tie. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2023 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

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

frock coat

: a man's long overcoat

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