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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 The book’s cover is a shocking French blue, the same blue of the yeoman worker’s smocks that Cunningham would wear to shoot galas where some of the gowns cost more than a compact car. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "Holiday Gift Guide: How to Channel Your Inner Maximalist," 6 Dec. 2019 Brickell, who appeared in court wearing a vinyl smock with his right arm in a sling, walked behind the store counter, pointed the weapon at the cashier and demanded cash, said Assistant State’s Attorney Lorin Jenkins. William Lee,, "Man tries robbing Taco Bell with empty gun, gets shot by security guard, prosecutors say," 21 Oct. 2019 In the 1911 photo, Kriss wears a dirty smock and a weary grimace. Christina Tkacik,, "Her Baltimore-born grandmother was photographed by Lewis Hine. She had no idea, until a blogger found her.," 7 Nov. 2019 Deputies stormed the cell and restrained her, Taylor said, and records show staff replaced the clothes with a hunter green, tear-resistant suicide smock. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Inmates in these units are given tear-proof smocks and blankets and sleep on mats or bunks that have been modified to reduce the chance of hanging. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rate of jail inmate deaths in San Diego County far exceeds other large California counties," 20 Sep. 2019 Often their clothes and bed linens are taken away, and they are issued heavy, rip- and fold-resistant smocks and blankets to reduce the risk of hanging. Washington Post, "For inmates like Epstein, suicide watch is meant to be short," 14 Aug. 2019 Inmates there are housed alone in solitary rooms, naked except for a thick, heavy smock. Ali Watkins,, "The last days of Jeffrey Epstein," 17 Aug. 2019 Inmates there are housed alone in solitary rooms, naked except for a thick, heavy smock. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Inmate 76318-054: The Last Days of Jeffrey Epstein," 17 Aug. 2019 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, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Fall 2019 Collections," 12 Mar. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of smock was before the 12th century

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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Smock.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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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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