Frock Frock (fr[o^]k), n. [F. froc a monk's cowl, coat, garment, LL. frocus, froccus, flocus, floccus, fr. L. floccus a flock of wool; hence orig., a flocky cloth or garment; cf. L. flaccus flabby, E. flaccid.] 1. A loose outer garment; especially, a gown forming a part of European modern costume for women and children; also, a coarse shirtlike garment worn by some workmen over their other clothes; a smock frock; as, a marketman's frock. [1913 Webster]

2. A coarse gown worn by monks or friars, and supposed to take the place of all, or nearly all, other garments. It has a hood which can be drawn over the head at pleasure, and is girded by a cord. [1913 Webster]

{Frock coat}, a body coat for men, usually double-breasted, the skirts not being in one piece with the body, but sewed on so as to be somewhat full.

{Smock frock}. See in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • frock — [fräk] n. [ME frok < OFr froc, monk s habit (or ML froccus) < Frank * hrokk, cloak] 1. a robe worn by friars, monks, etc. 2. any of various other garments; specif., a) a tunic, mantle, or long coat formerly worn by men b) a smock or smock… …   English World dictionary

  • Frock — Frock, v. t. 1. To clothe in a frock. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a monk of. Cf. {Unfrock}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frock — (engl.) heißt das Obergewand des Ordensgeistlichen, insbesondere der Benediktiner. Der Frock wird über dem Skapulier angelegt. Mitunter wurde auch das Büßergewand mit langen weiten Ärmeln, das die Füße unbedeckt ließ, Frock genannt. Dazu wurde… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • frock — [frɔk US fra:k] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: froc] 1.) old fashioned a woman s or girl s dress ▪ a party frock 2.) a long loose piece of clothing worn by some Christian ↑monks …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frock — (n.) mid 14c., from O.Fr. froc a monk s habit (12c.), of unknown origin; perhaps from Frank. *hrok (Cf. O.H.G. hroc mantle, coat; O.N. rokkr, O.E. rocc, O.Fris. rokk, Ger. Rock coat ), from PIE root *rug to spin. Another theory traces it to M.L.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • frock — was originally a male garment, especially the mantle of a monk or priest. Discarded by men, the word came back into favour in the 19c as a synonym of gown or dress for women or girls. Fowler described it as a vogue word used ‘especially for a… …   Modern English usage

  • Frock — (engl.) hieß ursprünglich die Mönchskutte, dann der vorn schräg geschnittene englische Reitrock, der um die Mitte des 18. Jahrh. auf die Form der Röcke der Männer in Frankreich Einfluß gewann und zu ihrer Bezeichnung (frac, fraque) wohl auch den… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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