\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

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 Yet on the morning of July 10, 1998, Williams posed as a nurse in a blue floral smock and green scrub pants and walked into a Jacksonville hospital's newborn ward, carrying a bag. Marwa Eltagouri,, "Mother of baby kidnapped from Florida hospital says stranger who raised her deserves death," 5 May 2018 Akoto-Bamfo is a slight man with Afro twists, wearing a traditional batakari, a Ghanaian smock. Linda Matchan,, "A sculpture’s trans-Atlantic passage from Ghana to Alabama," 31 May 2018 Sieburger’s main focus is on organic cotton aprons, including many designed for restaurant chefs, smocks and a new line of fabric coffee filters. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area eco-fashion 101: Who, what and wear," 18 Apr. 2018 Caroline Constas’ off-the-shoulder black-and-white striped Lou cotton piquet top smocks the neckline and gathers its three-quarter sleeves with a delicate bow tie at the cuff. Janet Kinosian,, "What's black and white and stylish all over? These items that will add pop to your wardrobe," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Suddenly, smocking, quilting, knitting, and needlepoint are à la mode. Vogue, "Craft Porn: In 2017, Quilting, Knitting, and Needlepoint Were Hot Trends on the Runways," 19 Dec. 2017 The traditional design which retails for $110 features a frilled collar and red embroidered hand-smocking with a waist bow. Monique Jessen,, "Kate Middleton's Go-To Designer for Princess Charlotte Launches U.S. Collection — See Her $110 Dress," 11 Dec. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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