\ 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 lawsuit suggests that similarities between Walkowicz and the doll are no mere coincidence. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Girl accused of stealing astronomer's identity for its Girl of the Year doll Luciana Vega," 10 May 2020 TikTok user @mirandaalynnn has a very quick and easy trick for getting big, doll-like lashes in the fly: use a blow-dryer. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The 12 Best Makeup Tips We've Ever Learned From TikTok," 24 Apr. 2020 The doll sells for $25; the firm says $5 from each sale will go to a COVID-19 charity., "New York orders residents to wear masks in public," 15 Apr. 2020 In an haute couture statement, the doll wears a printed color blocking original power suit emblazoned with Basquiat’s most recognizable work. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Barbie Collaborates With Basquiat For World Art Day," 15 Apr. 2020 His films have kaleidoscopic, fairy tale-like imagery repeating his trademark motifs of colorful Japanese festivals, dripping blood, marching doll-like soldiers, shooting stars and winding cobblestone roads. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi dies at 82," 11 Apr. 2020 This is like finding a very different shape by opening the smallest Matryoshka doll. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the First-Ever Image of a Black Hole-Powered Jet," 7 Apr. 2020 Barbie fans of all ages will have the chance to snag some exclusive merchandise celebrating the iconic doll's 60 years when the Barbie Truck makes its way to Houston next year. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "A 'Barbie Truck' toting retro-inspired merch is headed for the Woodlands Mall," 18 Dec. 2019 Originally distributed in 1969, the Kitty Karry-All doll was briefly reissued in 2000. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "12 Questions You Had About The Brady Bunch While Watching HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation," 12 Oct. 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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1 Jun 2020

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“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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