man·ne·quin | \ˈma-ni-kən \

Definition of mannequin 

1 : an artist's, tailor's, or dressmaker's lay figure also : a form representing the human figure used especially for displaying clothes

2 : one employed to model clothing

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Synonyms for mannequin


dummy, figure, form, manikin (also mannikin)

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Examples of mannequin in a Sentence

the mannequin over there looks so real several mannequins posing for this year's catalogue look especially emaciated

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Outside the store, a mannequin was adorned with a T-shirt with pink letters reading #TeamStormy. Washington Post, "California’s West Hollywood declares ‘Stormy Daniels Day’," 24 May 2018 Hundreds of retro busts and mannequins in unfinished-looking white gowns flanked the runway walls — from floor to ceiling — inside Paris’ Rodin Museum as designs showcased the pared-down finesse of age-old couture. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Statuephilia is a condition in which people fall in love with statues, dolls or mannequins. Waldemar Januszczak, A-LIST, "Kate Moss: The Golden Girl," 1 July 2018 Inside, a pulsing soundtrack might drown out the surrounding Muzak, while customized lighting illuminates the specialty mannequins and displays. Courtney Coffman, The Atlantic, "Shops Aren’t for Shopping Anymore," 19 June 2018 The live video stream showed the Starman mannequin, with its arm draped casually over the car door, sailing through space in a slow spin with Earth rotating in and out of view behind the roadster. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX's Mars-bound Tesla's out-of-this-world view," 6 Feb. 2018 One bra, with cups made out of rainbow-colored fish heads, rests on a mannequin dressed in a matching skirt of blues and grays. Hallie Miller,, "Local artists explore femininity, sexuality at Y:Art Gallery’s ‘Bra Show’," 3 July 2018 On a spring day at her Malibu pop-up, Cynthia Rowley sat down on a low podium, close to mannequins dressed in her women’s designs. Kavita Daswani,, "Cynthia Rowley brings swimwear, 'casual, cool' fashion offerings to spring/summer outpost in Malibu," 21 June 2018 Life-size dioramas with mannequins appeared throughout. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "Exploring a Museum’s Shifting Identity," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of mannequin

1730, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mannequin

French, from Dutch mannekijn little man — more at manikin

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English Language Learners Definition of mannequin

: a figure shaped like a human body that is used for making or displaying clothes


man·ne·quin | \ˈma-ni-kən \

Kids Definition of mannequin

: a form representing the human figure used especially for displaying clothes

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