- 1A loose dress or blouse, with the upper part closely gathered in smocking.More example sentences
- The earliest bathing suit in modern history consisted of an old outfit of clothes, then it was a smock resembling a kind of ‘bathing gown’.
- Big smocks, lacy cardigans and wide trousers were the backbone of a collection that carried echoes of high-school uniforms and American small-town culture.
- Mr Blair was wearing a black and blue T-shirt, jeans and training shoes, while his wife was dressed for the heat in multi-coloured patterned trousers, a white smock and trainers.
- 1.1A loose garment worn over one’s clothes to protect them: an artist’s smockMore example sentences
- His clothes were a blue smock that must have been designated for volunteers.
- Have the kids wear old clothes or provide large plastic bags with holes cut in the bottom and sides so they can slip over heads and arms for a protective smock.
- He wore a smock, gardening gloves, and a pair of half-moon glasses with a smudge of mud on them.
- 1.2 (also smock-frock) • historical A smocked linen overgarment worn by an agricultural worker.More example sentences
- Ploughmen in clean smock-frocks yoke themselves with ropes to the plough, ribbons and bunches of corn in their hats.
- Girls returning from the maize fields, in their red gowns, white smock-frocks, and yellow or red headkerchiefs, stroll through the meadows like moving flowers.
- There were no smock-frocks, even among the country folk; they retarded motion, and were apt to catch on machinery, and so the habit of wearing them had died out.
verb[with object] (usually as adjective smocked) Back to top
- Decorate (something) with smocking: smocked dressesMore example sentences
- Alberta Ferretti's romantic, smocked silk blouses and Greek maiden gowns were delightfully soft, as was Consuelo Castiglioni's Marni collection.
- Frozen solid in her smocked white dress, Dorothy realised she wasn't in Kansas anymore.
- Look in the pattern books for suitable patterns or see ‘Sources’ at the end of this article for companies selling a variety of patterns for children's smocked clothing.
Old English smoc 'woman's loose-fitting undergarment'; probably related to Old English smūgan 'to creep' and Old Norse smjúga 'put on a garment, creep into'. The use of the verb as a needlework term dates from the late 19th century.
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