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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

Think cheetah prints, sequined frocks and a jumpsuit or two. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Big changes to Junior League's Opening Style Show lead to the ultimate Tuesday night fashion party," 11 Sep. 2019 The 26-year-old pop star wore her signature ponytail and a sleek black suit, matching with Streisand's frilly black frock and boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande and Barbra Streisand Perform a Surprise Duet Together in Chicago," 7 Aug. 2019 For the annual amfAR Gala, singer Dua Lipa executed hers with the help of a red dress emoji-esque Valentino frock, while Australian beauty Shanina Shaik slipped on a gauzy gold gown with a strategic high-slit. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "From Bella Hadid to Priyanka Chopra, All the Stars That Brought Bombshell Leg Reveals to Cannes," 24 May 2019 But when Princess Charlotte arrived in May 2015, Kate then opted for a slightly different style midi dress by Jenny Packham: a yellow and white floral frock with three quarter sleeves. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Here's How Meghan Markle's Baby Debut Outfit Compared to Kate Middleton's," 8 May 2019 Princess Leonor, 12, wore a blue dress with tulip sleeves, while Princess Sofia, 11, went for a white tunic-like frock. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royal Family's Vacation Portraits Are Here and They're Definitely Much Nicer Than Ours," 30 July 2018 Don't expect a period piece with these characters, despite the frocks. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet's 'Little Women' gaze has Twitter fanning itself," 19 June 2019 And retro-style polka dots on a sweet pastel colored summer frock are timeless and have very much come back in style again. Melissa Magsaysay,, "The best summer dresses — all under $100," 29 July 2019 There’s no better way to balance out a flirty floral frock then with a rocker combat boot. Vogue, "Sandal Averse? These Summer Boots are the Ideal Unexpected Alternative," 24 June 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


\ ˈfräk How to pronounce frock (audio) \

Kids Definition of frock

: a woman's or girl's dress

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