man·​ne·​quin | \ ˈma-ni-kən How to pronounce mannequin (audio) \

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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Examples of mannequin in a Sentence

the mannequin over there looks so real several mannequins posing for this year's catalogue look especially emaciated
Recent Examples on the Web Deputies replaced Beineman's body in the ravine with a J.C. Penney mannequin — and waited, expecting the killer to return., "Murders of Michigan women still unsolved 50 years later — but cops had eye on 1 man," 10 Nov. 2019 Fleurs de Villes’ exhibit coming to South Coast Plaza Sixteen mannequins dressed in flowery creations by some of the area’s top floral designers will be on display beside a flower market at South Coast Plaza from Wednesday until Oct. 13. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: OCC book festival nets appearance from Lakers legend and author Kobe Bryant," 3 Oct. 2019 Designers and artisans would pin, prod or tuck fabric and toiles to the mannequins to bring sketches and ideas to life. Hilary Fox,, "Model became Dior muse by knocking on his door," 28 Aug. 2019 Designers and artisans would pin, prod, or tuck fabric and toiles to the mannequins to bring sketches and ideas to life. Hilary Fox, Fortune, "How Persistence Paid Off for Christian Dior’s ‘Model Girl’," 26 Aug. 2019 The final results—the outfits—are fitted to the mannequins and are rarely easy to disassemble. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Francesco Colucci Styles the Windows of Traid in London, Turning Out Some of the City’s Fiercest Looks," 22 Apr. 2019 Classic uniforms from Wendy’s and McDonald’s dress up mannequins. Johnny Diaz,, "Time is running out to take a bite out of Miami’s burger museum," 3 Sep. 2019 The old men who signed the declaration in 1776, with their three-cornered hats and powdered wigs, had become racist mannequins. John Kass,, "Column: On the Fourth of July, gathering to celebrate the Declaration of Dependence," 2 July 2019 In Berlin, the Historical Society Museum will honor those who served in WWII with a display of historic pictures and mannequins in uniform at their Barn Museum at the Berlin Fair. Don Stacom,, "World War II veterans will be honored at Berlin Fair, Bristol Mum Festival," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

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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 How to pronounce mannequin (audio) \

Kids Definition of mannequin

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

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