noun \ˈdäl, ˈdl\

: a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person

: a kind and helpful person

: a woman; especially : an attractive woman

Full Definition of DOLL

:  a small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything
a (1) :  a pretty but often empty-headed young woman (2) :  woman
b :  darling, sweetheart
c :  an attractive person
doll·ish \ˈdä-lish, ˈd-\ adjective
doll·ish·ly adverb
doll·ish·ness noun

Examples of DOLL

  1. My aunt collects porcelain dolls.
  2. <there was a row of dolls along the shelf in the bedroom>

Origin of DOLL

probably from Doll, nickname for Dorothy
First Known Use: circa 1700

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Rhymes with DOLL


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Painted wooden Egyptian doll, 2000 BC.—Courtesy of the trustees of the British Museum

Small-scale figure of a human being or animal, used especially as a child's plaything. The doll is perhaps humankind's oldest toy. Some ancient dolls may have served religious or magical functions—as do voodoo (see vodun) dolls in modern times. Dolls were buried in children's graves in Egypt, Greece, and Rome and in early Christian catacombs. In Europe dolls have been commercially manufactured since about the 16th century. Doll heads were made of wood, terra-cotta, alabaster, and wax, while the bodies were made of carved wood or leather stuffed with sawdust. In about 1820 glazed porcelain (Dresden) doll heads and unglazed bisque (ceramic) heads became popular. These were supplanted in the 20th century by molded plastic. In Japan, dolls are used as traditional festival figures. In India, elaborately dressed dolls were given to child brides by both Hindus and Muslims. Today both antique and modern dolls are often collected.


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