Definition of frock in English:



  • 1A woman's or girl's dress.

    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The little girl stood up and brushed the dirt off her frock, extending one flawless, beautiful hand.’
    • ‘Near an hour later, Lady Vivien emerged, dressed in a frock with silky red fabric accented in black.’
    • ‘The album is as pretty as a girl in a cotton frock skipping through a field of daisies - and it works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I then continued to resume the folding of various frocks and dresses that were mainly sewed by myself.’
    • ‘The little girl in a pink frock cries because she wanted to paint with colour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She figured it must have been about nine in the evening, as she quickly dressed in a clean frock.’
    • ‘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 femme fatale showed off her curves in corseted cocktail frocks, clingy knits and tailored skirts.’
    • ‘She still straightened her frock, and those of the little girls.’
    • ‘Then there was the problem of how to dramatise something as simple as a girl in a new frock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each child gets a shirt and the girls get a frock also.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Manet's woman is prettier, more pensive and more attractively dressed in a pink frock.’
    • ‘As for the little girls, they were allowed to wear different coloured frocks and dresses.’
    dress, gown, robe, shift
    garment, costume
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  • 2A loose outer garment, in particular.

    • ‘Put down the belt, Mommy, I will wear the frock to school!’
    • ‘I have a couple of frocks that I can wear and a purple suit that I can dust down.’
    • ‘I do remember looking at some of his absolutely fabulous frocks and feeling desperately dowdy in my sweater and lean trouser suit.’
    • ‘I find myself in some celebration in the early sixties, people in their best frocks and suits holding up their glasses and smiling at the camera.’
    • ‘Heather wore a very fetching suit and fedora combination, and I wore a frock.’
    • ‘A few hundred gather outside or in the barn, the must of grain blending with the scent of cow pasture, as sparrows twitter and flit over a crowd of navy blue jackets and bright flowery frocks.’
    • ‘People in the audience at the June 21 show in Victoria Hall are also being urged to put on their best frocks or suits on.’
    • ‘Tavisome wears only a loose white frock, is obviously quite short, and is completely unarmed.’
    • ‘So she sits amid the Ungaro frocks and Savile Row suits in a pair of skinny white trousers, a rumpled cotton blouse and a silly little straw hat that looks as if it might have been borrowed from a pantomime.’
    • ‘More likely to wear a leather jacket than a summer frock, you look at things from a more rambunctious and bronzey kind of way.’
    • ‘The children made invitations that were sent out to parents, many of whom arrived in their best suits and posh frocks for the occasion.’
    • ‘The older generation was there in large numbers too, medals gleaming, shoes shining, suits and frocks neatly pressed, determined that they would not miss one last get-together.’
    • ‘The only thing that worried me was the fact that when I went to buy a frock that the frock wouldn't fit around my shoulders; I didn't like wearing sleeveless frocks because I had big muscles at the top.’
    • ‘The awful frocks were replaced by suits with shoulders.’
    • ‘Their frocks or jumpers had deep collars decorated with white tape by 1879.’
    1. 2.1 A long gown with flowing sleeves worn by monks, priests, or clergy.
      • ‘These two beat up Sancho when he tries to take some friars' frocks as battle spoils.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2historical A field laborer's smock.
    3. 2.3
      short for frock coat
  • 3archaic [in singular] Priestly office.

    ‘such words as these cost the preacher his frock’


  • 1 Provide with or dress in a frock.

    [as adjective, in combination] ‘a black-frocked Englishman’
    1. 1.1archaic Invest (someone) with priestly office.
      Compare with defrock


Late Middle English: from Old French froc, of Germanic origin. The sense priest's or monk's gown is preserved in defrock.