frocks

frock

[frok]
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.
verb (used with object)
5.
to provide with, or clothe in, a frock.
6.
to invest with priestly or clerical office.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English froke < Old French froc < Frankish; compare Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat

frockless, adjective
underfrock, noun
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frock (frɒk)
 
n
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
 
vb
4.  (tr) to invest (a person) with the office or status of a cleric
 
[C14: from Old French froc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German hroc coat]

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frock
mid-14c., from O.Fr. froc "a monk's habit" (12c.), perhaps from Frank. *hroc (cf. O.H.G. hroc "mantle, coat;" O.N. rokkr, O.E. rocc, O.Fris. rokk, Ger. Rock "coat"), from PIE base *rug- "to spin." Another theory traces it to M.L. floccus, from L. floccus "flock of wool." Non-religious use is 1530s.
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