\ˈdäl, 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

b : darling, sweetheart

c : an attractive person

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Other Words from doll

dollish \ ˈdä-​lish , ˈdȯ-​ \ adjective
dollishly adverb
dollishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for doll


babe [slang], cutie (or cutey), dish, dreamboat [slang], fox, glamour-puss, hottie, knockout, looker, showstopper, ten



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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

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But her use of dolls and nods to babies is the deepest, most thought-out part of her look. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Tbilisi’s Most Photographed Street Style Star Accessorizes With Plastic Dolls," 9 Nov. 2018 Jonathan does indeed have a collection of Jonathan dolls at home, some which look nothing like him. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Is The Weirdest Thing Jonathan Scott Has In His Home (And Office)," 30 Oct. 2018 The summary: After losing his memory in a senseless attack that nearly kills him, a man (Steve Carell) reconstructs his past out of dolls and toys, building an elaborate fantasy world that helps him cope with his loss, confusion, and rage. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018 These nesting dolls serve as an iconic symbol of Russian culture and tradition. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "Russians in Houston have diverse views on international affairs," 8 July 2018 Soon, Katherine and her younger brother Joseph were making a diorama out of a pizza box, using tiny dolls to represent an African family living in a hut. Kathy Boccella,, "Downingtown girl who raised millions for malaria nets treated as hero in Taiwan," 30 June 2018 Responding officers, thankfully, discovered a child's doll on the freeway shoulder instead. Andrew Theen,, "That baby you saw on I-205? It was a child's doll," 24 May 2018 Users who already own dolls can upgrade by ordering a head à la carte. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Are We Ready for Robot Sex?," 13 May 2018 There’s something about these dolls that still captures their imagination. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Can Barbie Really Have It All?," 1 May 2018

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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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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


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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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