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frock

[frok]
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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.
  4. frock coat.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
  2. to invest with priestly or clerical office.
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Origin of frock

1300–50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
Related formsfrock·less, adjectiveun·der·frock, noun
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Related Words

gown, robe, apron, clothing, dress, habit, muumuu

Examples from the Web for frock

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Historical Examples

  • 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

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
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verb
  1. (tr) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
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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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