smock·​ing ˈsmä-kiŋ How to pronounce smocking (audio)
: a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks

Examples of smocking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With all-over smocking that adds fun texture and a playful ruffle hem and neckline, this dress is ready to bring the party. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 The smocking and tie-front features ensure a great fit, while the rest of the dress capitalizes on comfort. Erin Johnson, Peoplemag, 31 July 2023 And then there are textural design features that disguise creases, like smocking, stretchy rib-knits, and crinkle-cuts. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2023 This year, Loeffler Randall has expanded its wedding suite with contemporary-yet-confectionary wedding dresses, resplendent with romantic smocking and poufy sleeves (left) or crafted in lace with a peek-a-boo sheer hem (below). Halie Lesavage,, 22 Apr. 2023 The dress’ square neck and ruffled shoulders create unique and feminine framing near the face, while elastic smocking on the chest and torso mold to each wearer’s body. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2023 Paired with satin skirts at Marni and sheer smocking at Ester Manas. Gaby Wilson, ELLE, 23 Mar. 2023 Stella McCartney chose to show a striking blue cotton dress with all-over smocking, that took a slightly sporty and minimalist feel. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 27 May 2022 Sweet smocking and pleats hit all the high notes, and an attention to trimmings—from lace to satin ribbons—further expand upon the charming mood of the trend. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 16 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of smocking was in 1888

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“Smocking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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smock·​ing ˈsmäk-iŋ How to pronounce smocking (audio)
: a decorative embroidery or shirring made by gathering cloth in regularly spaced round tucks

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