\ 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 The doll immediately starts crying the second Ed puts it in his clumsy arms. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Bachelorette recap: 'I'm ready to show her how grown my ass is as a man'," 18 Nov. 2020 Martin lends his velvety chops to the manipulative matador doll, Don Juan Diego, who convinces apprentice Gustafston (Key) to steal the toymaker’s book of inventions. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Netflix's 'Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey' soars with diverse cast — and some flying," 12 Nov. 2020 The doll is baked between each coat to ensure the correct skin tone. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former labor and delivery nurse from Lannon creates lifelike baby dolls to bring people 'joy' and 'healing'," 9 Nov. 2020 Her slingshot is outfitted with a creepy, old doll's head and orange ribbons with black spider webs. Dan Sewell, Star Tribune, "One Good Thing: Wickedly creative pandemic trick-or-treating," 27 Oct. 2020 Hockley appreciates the care that went into his choice of stain, mitering the corners and choosing the right doll for each nook in the shadow box. Vincent T. Davis,, "Creative San Antonio craft designer and family transform home into Halloween fright fest," 26 Oct. 2020 The flagship doll posted a 29% sales increase in the third quarter, the largest quarterly increase for Barbie going back at least two decades. Jem Bartholomew, WSJ, "Intel, Gilead, Uber, Mattel: What to Watch When the Stock Market Opens Today," 23 Oct. 2020 The Grammy-winning singer replied to the doll Twitter account after Barbie congratulated her for being Time's 2019 Entertainer of the Year. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Which Musical Act Should Get Their Own Barbie Doll Next? Vote!," 22 Oct. 2020 Scars mark the doll’s face, and the lips are pulled into a half-smile, dry enough to show cracks in the skin. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "Meet the spooky spirits at some of Dallas' haunted bars and restaurants," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 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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