\ 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 The inmate — later identified as 35-year-old Rondell Lee Peterson — had been noted as suicidal and should have been placed in a suicide smock to prevent injury. Taylor Pettaway,, "BCSO deputy troubles: Inmate suicide, drunk on duty, off-duty traffic stops," 18 Jan. 2021 After a moment Xiaolei followed her, patting her hands dry on her smock. Te-ping Chen, The Atlantic, "Shanghai Murmur," 11 Dec. 2020 Dornan — in a smock, mask and face shield — met her and handed Melanie a glass block onto which had been etched the snapshot of the couple in the sun. Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press, "Her husband had Alzheimer's and COVID-19. She couldn't be there with him as he died.," 23 Nov. 2020 Brault has one more thing to show me: a photograph of Bonheur, seated, in her artist’s smock and pants. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Redemption of Rosa Bonheur," 20 Oct. 2020 To her, LaLanne was just another head poking out from under the smock in her chair. Steve Rubenstein,, "Closing in on 100, retired Lafayette hairdresser plans to be around for coronavirus vaccine," 12 Oct. 2020 For the occasion, which, according to E! News, was subject to strict social distance protocols, Roberts set the maternity style bar high for all the expecting A-listers in Hollywood and beyond with a maxi-length, floral smock dress. Eliza Huber,, "Emma Roberts Wore A Matching Dress & Mask To Her Baby Shower," 5 Oct. 2020 In another, a woman smokes languidly next to a toddler in a smock. Imogen Greenhalgh, The New York Review of Books, "‘Electric, Like Time Travel’: An Interview with Chantal Joffe," 19 Sep. 2020 Video of the California Democrat leaked on Tuesday showing her without a mask inside the business with wet hair while wearing a smock. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey gym owner who fought coronavirus order says politicians like Pelosi 'need to be put in their place'," 2 Sep. 2020 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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26 Jan 2021

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“Smock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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


\ 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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