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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

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 The flattering frock, which starts at just $24.99, comes in seven different solid colors and one stunningly bold print. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Amazon Users are Obsessed With This $30 Dress That's Perfect for Summer Weddings," 23 July 2019 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

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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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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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