\ ˈsmäk How to pronounce smock (audio) \

Definition of smock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a woman's undergarment especially : chemise
2 : a light loose garment worn especially for protection of clothing while working


smocked; smocking; smocks

Definition of smock (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to embroider or shirr with smocking

Examples of smock in a Sentence

Noun The children's smocks were covered with paint.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prince William dressed in a light button-down shirt and navy trousers, while Middleton wore a blue floral mid-length smock dress by Tory Burch, statement earrings, and a straw clutch. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 20 Mar. 2022 The show’s recurring grounding silhouette was a smock minidress, made of a thick fabric like something industrial or raw, even crude. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Mar. 2022 Kate Middleton stepped out in a retro-looking green smock dress by Eponine for a visit to Lavender Primary School in London. The Editors, Town & Country, 8 Jan. 2022 He was allowed only safety garments, a tear-proof smock and a sheet, the report said. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2021 Scott gave him a fist bump through his smock, as the barber brushed off his neck. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Inmates placed into safety cells are usually given a tear-proof smock to wear, but Suarez was left naked. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 Rego’s artist is wearing a purple smock and a big red skirt. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 29 July 2021 Emmacula Cylus, 50, stood in a dirty blue smock, holding her hands skyward in anguish. Washington Post, 23 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But there were several new beginnings that got me excited, from Caroline Hu’s debut collection of smocked-tulle dresses to Catherine Holstein’s first-ever show for Khaite. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2019 The onslaught of smocking mocking has not yet resulted in a correction. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2018 The iconic Herrera white shirt is rewritten in a myriad of ways: cropped, ruched, smocked, sleeveless. Chloe Malle, WSJ, 6 Dec. 2018 There’s really no occasion that doesn’t call for our little girls to don their cutest smocked dress with a matching hair bow on top. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 8 June 2018 These champions of Southern taste showcase some of our favorite things: timeless antiques, smocked dresses, and wedding traditions; as well as some things graceful Southerners just know: table manners, seersucker season, and grocery store etiquette. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 8 June 2018 Arriving at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital with 4-year-old big brother Prince George (looking smart in his school uniform) and dad Prince William on Monday afternoon, Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2, wore an adorable blue-and-white smocked design. Monique Jessen,, 24 Apr. 2018 By season’s end, Maeve embarks on a quest that promises to take her deeper into the show’s universe, while Dolores takes up arms to lead the rebellion, a blue-smocked Liberty leading the humanoids. Daniel D'addario, Time, 12 Apr. 2018 In years past, a standard Easter ensemble might include a straw hat, smocked dress and pristine white kicks - but this is 2018, people. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, 28 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of smock


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for smock


Middle English smok, from Old English smoc; akin to Old High German smocco adornment

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\ ˈsmäk How to pronounce smock (audio) \

Kids Definition of smock

: a loose outer garment worn especially for protection of clothing an artist's smock

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