- a gown or dress worn by a girl or woman.
- a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers; smock.
- a coarse outer garment with large sleeves, worn by monks.
- frock coat.
- to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
- to invest with priestly or clerical office.
Origin of frock
- coarse material suitable for making frocks or work clothes
- a girl's or woman's dress
- a loose garment of several types, such as a peasant's smock
- a coarse wide-sleeved outer garment worn by members of some religious orders
- (tr) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
Word Origin and History for frocking
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.