frock

Use the noun frock as an old-fashioned way to say "dress." You might wear a new pink frock to your best friend's birthday party.

Typically, girls and women wear frocks, especially to formal events like weddings and fancy parties. The word frock isn't as common today as it was in the past, though it's a great way to refer to a dress. You can also call a monk's loose, long-sleeved garment a frock. The word's origin is Germanic, and it comes directly from the French word froc, "a monk's habit."

Definitions of frock
  1. noun
    a one-piece garment for a woman; has skirt and bodice
    synonyms: dress
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    caftan, kaftan
    a woman's dress style that imitates the caftan cloaks worn by men in the Near East
    chemise, sack, shift
    a loose-fitting dress hanging straight from the shoulders without a waist
    coatdress
    a dress that is tailored like a coat and buttons up the front
    cocktail dress, sheath
    a dress suitable for formal occasions
    dirndl
    a dress with a tight bodice and full skirt
    gown
    a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
    jumper, pinafore, pinny
    a sleeveless dress resembling an apron; worn over other clothing
    kirtle
    a long dress worn by women
    morning dress
    a woman's informal dress for housework
    Mother Hubbard, muumuu
    a woman's loose unbelted dress
    polonaise
    a woman's dress with a tight bodice and an overskirt drawn back to reveal a colorful underskirt
    saree, sari
    a dress worn primarily by Hindu women; consists of several yards of light material that is draped around the body
    shirtdress
    a dress that is tailored like a shirt and has buttons all the way down the front
    strapless
    a woman's garment that exposes the shoulders and has no shoulder straps
    sundress
    a light loose sleeveless summer dress with a wide neckline and thin shoulder straps that expose the arms and shoulders
    ball gown
    the most formal gown; worn to a ball
    bridal gown, wedding dress, wedding gown
    a gown worn by the bride at a wedding
    dinner dress, dinner gown, evening gown, formal
    a gown for evening wear
    mantua
    loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries
    tea gown
    a long loose-fitting gown formerly popular for wear at afternoon tea
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    woman's clothing
    clothing that is designed for women to wear
  2. noun
    a habit worn by clerics
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    habit
    a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
  3. verb
    put a frock on
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    apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog
    provide with clothes or put clothes on
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