- the Christian church in relation to Christ.
- a single congregation in relation to its pastor.
verb (used without object)
Origin of flock1
Synonyms for flock
verb (used with object)
Origin of flock2
Examples from the Web for flock
Contemporary Examples of flock
Behind him stood a flock of fifth-grade boys—and two second-grade girls—all of them wearing the exact same yellow hat.Even Grade School Kids Are Protesting the Garner Killing Now
December 6, 2014
Fans of the series will flock to see ‘Mockingjay’ this Thanksgiving weekend.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
He is to be admired for his kindness and genuine pastoral concern for all the members of his flock.Pope Francis Pushes the Church Another Step Further on Gays
October 16, 2014
They take you to this big window and you look down at all these people in suits and ties and say, “This is your flock.”Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback
September 26, 2014
Tavi already has a flock of online fans as a popular fashion blogger and editor of the online magazine Rookie.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Historical Examples of flock
Hester knew nothing of the state of either, nor had they ever belonged to her flock.Weighed and Wanting
They had stumbled in the dark on the bedding-place of a flock of Bighorn.
They could feel the flock huddling back, and the warmth of the packed fleeces.
There's a world of difference catering for a Set, and a Flock.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Yet it had sufficed that the nations should flock there for a pestilence to break out.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
noun (sometimes functioning as plural)
Word Origin for flock
- waste from fabrics such as cotton, wool, or other cloth used for stuffing mattresses, upholstered chairs, etc
- (as modifier)flock mattress
Word Origin for flock
Old English flocc "a group of persons, company, troop," related to Old Norse flokkr "crowd, troop, band," Middle Low German vlocke "crowd, flock (of sheep);" not found in other Germanic languages; perhaps related to folc "people," but the metathesis would have been unusual for Old English.
Extended c.1200 to "a number of animals of one kind moving or feeding together;" of domestic animals c.1300. Transferred to bodies of Christians, in relation to Christ or their local pastor, from mid-14c.
"tuft of wool," mid-13c., probably from Old French floc, from Latin floccus "flock of wool, lock of hair."
"gather, congregate," c.1300, from flock (n.). Related: Flocked; flocking.