\ 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 Sel also mentioned some of her favorite Instagram accounts, including a fan account that recreates her best moments using a Barbie doll called selenagomez.doll and Saturday Night Live's Chloe Fineman's personal account. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Says She Can’t Stop Listening to This Track from Ex The Weeknd," 31 Mar. 2020 In 1959, Mattel’s Barbie doll, created by Ruth Handler, made its public debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York., "This day in history," 9 Mar. 2020 Dion stepped out in a head-to-toe hot (hot, hot) pink ensemble and owned it like a living, breathing, epic ballad belting Barbie doll. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Celine Dion Wore a Skirt and Wide-Legged Pants in a Bold, Head-to-Toe Hot Pink Ensemble," 8 Mar. 2020 The fair will feature a bake shoppe, crafters, Cabot Cheese, a raffle, a white elephant sale, holiday decor, children’s activities and Noah’s Closet, featuring Barbie dolls and accessories., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 4 Nov. 2019 The almighty gold standard, of course, remains Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Blue as a trio of Barbie dolls, their hands and necks in stiff, plastic poses. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Thanks to Instagram, Parents Have to Dress Up on Halloween—But I'm Rebelling," 31 Oct. 2019 Others include Ruth Handler, inventor of the Barbie doll; Antoinette Perry, namesake of the Tony Awards; members of Earth, Wind & Fire; and classic Hollywood actors Douglas Fairbanks and Harold Lloyd. John Wenzel, The Know, "Ten pieces of Colfax Avenue history you can buy in Colfax Museum’s $150,000 fire sale," 24 Oct. 2019 Imagine a world in which all Barbie dolls are white. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Robot racism? Yes, says a study showing humans’ biases extend to robots," 1 Aug. 2019 The Bowie Barbie doll was created by Mattel in partnership with the 2019 The David Bowie Archive under license to Perryscope Productions LLC/Epic Rights. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Mattel Unveils David Bowie-Inspired Barbie to Celebrate 'Space Oddity' 50th Anniversary: Exclusive," 11 July 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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6 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Apr. 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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