\ ˈsmäk \

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


The children's smocks were covered with paint.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From the neovintage pink bustier dress to the smock white peasant top, these picks will satiate your sartorial appetite as summer winds down. 1. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "6 Off-the-Shoulder Styles You Can Wear On Repeat," 28 July 2014 Some are full-grown women in suits and sneakers or heels or nurse’s uniforms or smocks with CVS name tags pinned on. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Searches for Jenny Packham clothes spiked in April when Kate stepped out in a red smock dress by the designer to introduce the world to baby Louis. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Beat Meghan Markle Out as the Top Royal Influencer of the Year," 9 Sep. 2018 After all, few tots wear a smock dress quite like she. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Prince George Makes the Britain’s Best Dressed List at 5-Years-Old," 2 Aug. 2018 His white smock is now a rental, leased out in 15.7-minute increments. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Hasn’t Telemedicine Taken Off? Hey, Blame This Guy.," 3 July 2018 He was dressed in a dark shirt while Charlotte was in one of the patterned smock dresses her mother favors. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte goof off at palace window, stick out tongues," 10 July 2018 Tech Robyn Miller, clad in a blue smock, smoothed Robin’s fur, as the dog fell into a deep slumber. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "One-of-a-kind hospital in San Antonio treats military dogs injured in line of duty," 28 June 2018 Agents lined up dozens of workers, in white helmets and smocks. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump lost a battle on family separations, but his immigration war continues," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The onslaught of smocking mocking has not yet resulted in a correction. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “It’s All Coming Home to Roost”," 16 Dec. 2018 The iconic Herrera white shirt is rewritten in a myriad of ways: cropped, ruched, smocked, sleeveless. Chloe Malle, WSJ, "How Designer Wes Gordon is Reimagining Carolina Herrera for the Next Generation," 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, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 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, "What Does It Really Mean To Have Southern Taste?," 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,, "Every Perfect Detail About Princess Charlotte’s Adorable Hospital Look," 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, "Westworld Is Finally Back. And Its Women Are Ready to Take Over," 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, "Kids' trend-forward Easter styles rival Mom and Dad's," 28 Mar. 2018 Outlander's set is resplendent with designers painstakingly quilting and smocking material. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "On Set with 'Outlander': Go Behind the Scenes of the Show's Sexiest Season Yet," 7 Aug. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of smock

: a light and loose long shirt usually worn over your regular clothing to protect it from getting dirty

: a long shirt usually worn by women


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Kids Definition of smock

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

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