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frock

[frok] /frɒk/
noun
1.
a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman.
2.
a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock.
3.
a coarse outer garment with large sleeves, worn by monks.
verb (used with object)
5.
to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
6.
to invest with priestly or clerical office.
Origin of frock
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
Related forms
frockless, adjective
underfrock, noun
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  • What instinct made you choose that shade of pale green for your frock?

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • I wiped his eyes with his frock, told him he was all right and called Sancho to pacify him.

  • The evening clothes were irreproachable; so were the frock coat and a morning suit.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • “Go and change your frock before you tell me anything,” she said decidedly.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Coupeau and Lorilleux, in frock coats and with their hats in their hands, were chief mourners.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for frock

frock

/frɒk/
noun
1.
a girl's or woman's dress
2.
a loose garment of several types, such as a peasant's smock
3.
a coarse wide-sleeved outer garment worn by members of some religious orders
verb
4.
(transitive) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
Word Origin
C14: from Old French froc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
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Word Origin and History for frock
n.

mid-14c., from Old French froc "a monk's habit" (12c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Frankish *hrok or some other Germanic source (cf. Old High German hroc "mantle, coat;" Old Norse rokkr, Old English rocc, Old Frisian rokk, German Rock "coat"), from PIE root *rug- "to spin."

Another theory traces it to Medieval Latin floccus, from Latin floccus "flock of wool." Meaning "outer garment for women or children" is from 1530s. Frock-coat attested by 1823.

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