\ 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

Synonyms for doll


action figure, dolly, poppet [Midland], puppet

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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

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The first Barbie doll, which Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler named after her own daughter, made its debut at the New York Toy Fair in 1959. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Mattel Plans Live-Action Barbie Film," 8 Jan. 2019 The 6-year-old girl was sitting next to her, clutching a pink teddy bear and a Barbie doll, still in the box. Rob Kuznia,, "A Central American mother's complex quest for asylum in the U.S.," 2 July 2018 The 6-year-old girl was sitting next to her, clutching a pink teddy bear and a Barbie doll, still in the box. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Fleeing domestic violence in El Salvador, mother’s asylum quest in U.S. is complex," 1 July 2018 Barbie dolls have had many roles since their creation in 1959. Jillian Ruffo,, "Barbie's Latest 'Career of the Year' Doll Is Here - and She's a Robotics Engineer," 26 June 2018 Kylie also transformed herself into a life-size Barbie doll, pink car and cardboard box included. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed the Halloween Costume She Wore While Pregnant," 2 Nov. 2018 Kendall went with the simplest look in a sparkly black strapless dress while Kim looked like a Barbie doll in her tight pink dress. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 Hogancamp filled his art installation with dolls inspired by not only himself and his friends, but also his attackers. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "The Trailer for Steve Carell’s New Movie ‘Welcome to Marwen’ Is Making People Sob," 25 July 2018 Many of the rooms were cluttered with dolls, which Huguette voraciously collected. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014

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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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doll's head


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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


\ ˈdäl How to pronounce doll (audio) \

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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