\ ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio) , ˈdȯl \

Definition of doll

1 : a small-scale figure of a human being used especially as a child's plaything
2a(1) : a pretty but often empty-headed young woman
(2) : woman
c : an attractive person

Other Words from doll

dollish \ ˈdä-​lish How to pronounce doll (audio) , ˈdȯ-​ \ adjective
dollishly adverb
dollishness noun

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Examples of doll in a Sentence

My aunt collects porcelain dolls. there was a row of dolls along the shelf in the bedroom
Recent Examples on the Web The Corinne doll and her collection of products are now available for purchase at and at American Girl retail locations. Greta Bjornson,, 31 Dec. 2021 Smartly, and almost unbearably, The Lost Daughter is something of a stealthy thriller — because that damn doll is missing. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 26 Dec. 2021 Last week, Asheria Brown’s eldest daughter saw a white Kid Connection doll set at Walmart. Rayna Reid, Essence, 22 Dec. 2021 The space agency honors its best employees with the Silver Snoopy Award, and a Snoopy doll was aboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft in 2019. Mark Kennedy,, 12 Nov. 2021 But who is the real giant robot doll behind the one in Squid Game? E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 Had Gurung known what an American Girl doll was prior to the pairing? Leanne Italie, ajc, 9 Sep. 2021 Whether the doll-sized desserts ever really tasted good is still debatable, but this gadget wowed bakers-in-training. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 In perhaps another unintentional homage to Twilight, the show did produce an upsetting-looking Colin baby doll that’s currently sitting somewhere and can move. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 30 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of doll

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for doll

probably from Doll, nickname for Dorothy

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19 Jan 2022

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“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of doll

: a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person
: a kind and helpful person
: a woman especially : an attractive woman


\ ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio) \

Kids Definition of doll

1 : a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person
2 : a kind or loveable person

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