Definition of frock in English:

frock

Syllabification: frock
Pronunciation: /fräk
 
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noun

  • 1A woman’s or girl’s dress.
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    • As for the little girls, they were allowed to wear different coloured frocks and dresses.
    • He had been there from the beginning, since the little girl in the pink frock had raised her scrubby fist and inquired fearfully about the ‘bad people.’
    • The girl in the blue frock led Lia along a corridor leading from the banquet hall, until she found a room near the end of the wing with double doors and gold door handles.
  • 2A loose outer garment, in particular.
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    • Tavisome wears only a loose white frock, is obviously quite short, and is completely unarmed.
    • Their frocks or jumpers had deep collars decorated with white tape by 1879.
    • The awful frocks were replaced by suits with shoulders.
  • 2.1A long gown with flowing sleeves worn by monks, priests, or clergy.
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    • These two beat up Sancho when he tries to take some friars' frocks as battle spoils.
    • He wears a priest's collar and carries a machine gun under his frock.
    • A round, balding priest hurried down the center aisle, his black frock billowing behind him.
  • 2.2 historical A field laborer’s smock.
  • 2.3 short for frock coat.
  • 3 [in singular] archaic Priestly office: such words as these cost the preacher his frock

verb

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  • 1Provide with or dress in a frock: [as adjective, in combination]: a black-frocked Englishman
  • 1.1 archaic Invest (someone) with priestly office. Compare with defrock.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French froc, of Germanic origin. The sense 'priest's or monk's gown' is preserved in defrock.

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