One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A woman's or girl's dress.‘her new party frock’
dress, gown, robe, shiftView synonyms
- ‘Manet's woman is prettier, more pensive and more attractively dressed in a pink frock.’
- ‘I then continued to resume the folding of various frocks and dresses that were mainly sewed by myself.’
- ‘The little girl stood up and brushed the dirt off her frock, extending one flawless, beautiful hand.’
- ‘The album is as pretty as a girl in a cotton frock skipping through a field of daisies - and it works.’
- ‘As for the little girls, they were allowed to wear different coloured frocks and dresses.’
- ‘She still straightened her frock, and those of the little girls.’
- ‘Moe is a lass thoroughly caught up in Japan's Gosloli trend, in which she dresses up in retro frocks in a misguided effort to be cool.’
- ‘Near an hour later, Lady Vivien emerged, dressed in a frock with silky red fabric accented in black.’
- ‘Each child gets a shirt and the girls get a frock also.’
- ‘The femme fatale showed off her curves in corseted cocktail frocks, clingy knits and tailored skirts.’
- ‘Then there was the problem of how to dramatise something as simple as a girl in a new frock.’
- ‘She was dressed in a tattered frock, and her hair was unwashed for days.’
- ‘The little girls from the towns wore bright frocks of red, green, yellow, blue and various plaids.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The little girl in a pink frock cries because she wanted to paint with colour.’
- ‘She figured it must have been about nine in the evening, as she quickly dressed in a clean frock.’
- ‘If you are looking for something less expensive, Oasis has a good selection of pretty party frocks, including a 1950s-inspired chiffon frock with a discreet poppy print.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Her face was turned away as we entered, but we could see that she was dressed in a red frock, and that she had long white gloves on.’
- ‘The drawing of a woman with big eyes, dark lashes and tightly knotted hair, dressed in a ruffled frock and sporting a fan, gave it away.’
2A long gown with flowing sleeves worn by monks, priests, or clergy.‘the chaplain tottered in stiff splendid frocks’
- ‘A round, balding priest hurried down the center aisle, his black frock billowing behind him.’
- ‘He wears a priest's collar and carries a machine gun under his frock.’
- ‘These two beat up Sancho when he tries to take some friars' frocks as battle spoils.’
- 2.1archaic The work and position of a priest.‘such words as these cost the preacher his frock’
3historical An agricultural worker's smock; a smock-frock.
- 3.1archaic A woollen jersey worn by sailors.‘his Cornish-knit frock’
- 3.1archaic A woollen jersey worn by sailors.
4short for frock coat
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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