|1.||any loose protective garment, worn by artists, laboratory technicians, etc|
|2.||a woman's loose blouse-like garment, reaching to below the waist, worn over slacks, etc|
|3.||Also called: smock frock a loose protective overgarment decorated with smocking, worn formerly esp by farm workers|
|4.||archaic a woman's loose undergarment, worn from the 16th to the 18th centuries|
|5.||to ornament (a garment) with smocking|
|[Old English smocc; related to Old High German smocco, Old Norse smokkr blouse, Middle High German gesmuc decoration]|
loose, shirtlike garment worn by women in the European Middle Ages under their gowns (also called a chemise). The smock later became a loose, yoked, shirtlike outer garment of coarse linen, used to protect the clothes; it was worn, for example, by fieldworkers in Europe.
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