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[frok] /frɒk/
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.
verb (used with object)
to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
to invest with priestly or clerical office.
Origin of frock
1300-50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat
Related forms
frockless, adjective
underfrock, noun Unabridged
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  • Very slowly and unwillingly Eyebright sat down to darn her frock.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • The evening clothes were irreproachable; so were the frock coat and a morning suit.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Next I looked to see if I was sitting on her frock, the which tries a woman sair, but I wasna.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • “Go and change your frock before you tell me anything,” she said decidedly.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • Her little Ladyship, eyeing me askance, answered, 'I can't come now—the dress-maker is waiting to fit on my frock.'

    Discipline Mary Brunton
British Dictionary definitions for frock


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
(transitive) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
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

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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