\ 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 Grace sleepwalking into the snow, the disappearance of a pet dog, Mia playing with her favorite doll—on faith? Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Lodge Is a House of Horrors With Nothing Inside," 7 Feb. 2020 Packed cleverly Russian doll-style, this set takes on an orb shape when put together, with two stoneware serving bowls, one inverted on top of the other, visible to the eye. Shoko Wanger, House Beautiful, "7 Dinner Party Essentials You Can Use All Around the House," 1 Feb. 2020 It all nests together like a beautiful Russian doll of cooking essentials—a win for cabinet space and kitchen cuteness. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "An All-in-One Pan I Use for Every Meal," 24 Jan. 2020 The original version also misstated the status of a child’s doll. Mélissa Godin, Time, "The Titanic Wreck Will Now Be Protected Under a 'Momentous Agreement' With the U.S.," 21 Jan. 2020 More than 300 products — from pet food to Mattel talking dolls — were created, yet $200 million worth went unsold. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: Original 'Dolittle' Bombed So Hard, It Nearly Sank Fox in 1967," 18 Jan. 2020 An interview with Deirdre Nansen McCloskey The Economist: The term liberalism has long been a political football or societal voodoo doll. The Economist, "Open Future The power of liberalism can combat oppression in all its forms," 8 Jan. 2020 Reichert helped students decipher student wish lists (which ranged from dinosaurs and Ghostbusters to princess dolls) and craft clever responses. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake High School seniors pen holiday letters to youngsters: West Shore Chatter," 23 Dec. 2019 The paper doll sets and Hello Kitty school supplies were more than enough. Javacia Harris Bowser, al, "Opinion: How a Scrooge like me learned to love Christmas," 13 Dec. 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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10 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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