Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's dress.
  • n. A long loose outer garment, as that worn by artists and craftspeople; a smock.
  • n. A woolen garment formerly worn by sailors; a jersey.
  • n. A robe worn by monks, friars, and other clerics; a habit.
  • transitive v. To clothe in a frock.
  • transitive v. To invest with clerical office.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A frog.
  • n. A dress, a piece of clothing for a female, which consists of a skirt and a cover for the upper body.
  • n. An outer garment worn by priests and other clericals, a habit.
  • v. To clothe in a frock.
  • v. To make a cleric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To clothe in a frock.
  • transitive v. To make a monk of. Cf. Unfrock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To supply or cover with a frock; hence, to invest with the privileges of those whose distinctive dress is a frock, as of a monk. See frock, n., 1.
  • n. A garment with large sleeves worn by monks.
  • n. A garment covering the body and worn by either sex.
  • n. The principal outer garment of women: a term partly abandoned in recent times for the indistinctive word dress and the word gown, but still retained, particularly in the British islands, for the outer garment, consisting of a bodice or waist and a skirt, worn by children.
  • n. Same as frock-coat.
  • n. In the British service, the undress regimental coat of the guards, artillery, and royal marines.
  • n. A sort of worsted netting worn by sailors, often in lieu of a shirt. Also called a Guernsey frock. Jamieson.
  • n. A frog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a habit worn by clerics
  • n. a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
  • v. put a frock on

Etymologies

Middle English frok, a monk's habit, from Old French froc, from Medieval Latin froccus, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English froke, variation of frogge ("frog"), from Old English frocga ("frog"). More at frog. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English frok, frokke, from Old French froc ("frock, a monk's gown or habit") (compare Medieval Latin hrocus, roccus, rocus ("a coat")), from Old Frankish *hroc, *hrok (“skirt, dress, robe”), from Proto-Germanic *hrukkaz (“robe, jacket, skirt, tunic”), from Proto-Indo-European *kreḱ- (“to weave”). Cognate with Old High German hroch, roch ("skirt, dress, cowl") (German Rock ("skirt, coat")), Saterland Frisian Rok ("skirt"), Dutch rok ("skirt, petticoat"), Old English rocc ("an overgarment, tunic, rochet"), Old Norse rokkr ("skirt, jacket") ( > Danish rok ("garment")). (Wiktionary)

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  • Suddenly a young man started up, in dress and appearance the very model of a German student -- in short frock coat and loose sacklike trousers, long curling hair hanging over his shoulders, pointed beard and mustache, and the scars of one or two sabre cuts on his handsome animated countenance.

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