\ 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

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Other Words from doll

dollish \ ˈdä-​lish How to pronounce dollish (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 Lift both legs out in front of you like a Barbie doll and rotate your ankles. Sable Yong, Allure, "I Took the Longest Flight in the World to Experience Its Built-In Wellness Center," 28 Dec. 2019 While Sia provided the musical entertainment by giving a performance like a Barbie doll in a box, the Kardashian-Jenner sisters pulled out all the stops with their outfits. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve Bash Featured So Many Revealing Gowns," 25 Dec. 2019 The truck aims to unite fans of all ages to reminisce and celebrate the history of the Barbie doll. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "A 'Barbie Truck' toting retro-inspired merch is headed for the Woodlands Mall," 18 Dec. 2019 There’s even a Barbie doll that represents girls with albinism. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "What I Double-Tapped This Weekend: The Gift Of Representation," 11 Nov. 2019 An art exhibit at Burning Man that featured Barbie dolls in a representation of a concentration camp has incited outrage, with many criticizing the art for trivializing the Holocaust. Cady Lang, Time, "The Holocaust Exhibit Featuring Barbie Dolls at Burning Man Draws Criticism," 6 Sep. 2019 The outtake-style clip features Tom Hanks’ Woody interrupting a surreptitious meeting between the collectible Prospector toy, Stinky Pete, and twin Barbie dolls inside a toy box. Nardine Saad,, "‘Toy Story 2’ casting-couch outtake is not so funny. So Disney deleted it," 3 July 2019 In a somewhat strange move, Mattel's Barbie doll—which was updated in 2016 to include more skin tones and body types, was also given the CFDA's Board of Directors' Tribute Award for its contribution to fashion. Laura Stampler, Fortune, "The Oscars of Fashion Honors Lady Gaga’s Designer Brandon Maxwell," 4 June 2019 Jericho, the baby, died some time ago, and what the Turners have hired Leanne to look after is actually a doll made in his image, designed to help Dorothy survive the trauma of losing her child. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Thanksgiving Weekend," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of doll was circa 1700

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doll.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doll

: a child's toy in the form of a baby or small person
chiefly US, informal : a kind and helpful person
informal + old-fashioned : 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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