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 First, choose between a more traditionally feminine or masculine mannequin style. Rachel Simon,, 22 Dec. 2021 McClellan and Graham came up with a strategy to produce spikes that would be stuck in one position, kind of like a mannequin, that that your body can learn to attack them. Josh Fischman, Scientific American, 26 Oct. 2021 Next, the app guided me through its scanning process, which required me to stand like a real-life mannequin, walking front to back and in circles for its scanner to get a good look at my physique. Frances Solá-santiago,, 1 Oct. 2021 The Victorian even shared a video of the night on their TikTok account, showing Christine and her guests dancing and partying with the mannequin while Gannon was recovering in the hospital. Joelle Goldstein,, 1 Dec. 2021 In the video, the same type of cobra was thrown on a bed with a mannequin at night. Rhea Mogul And Esha Mitra, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Musician and activist Darrell Kelley and members of the New Black Panther Party brought a casket with a fiberglass mannequin, which contained the names of Black Americans killed by police or in confrontations with allegedly racist motives. Tim Craig And Hannah Knowles, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2021 Located just outside Lincoln, Neb., the Quigley House doesn’t offer a benign experience with a mannequin or two jumping out or funhouse mirrors. Oline H. Cogdill,, 9 Nov. 2021 The gender-free mannequin will bow at Nordstrom’s Bellevue, Washington store where Phluid Green Label is launching. Sharon Edelson, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021

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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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“Mannequin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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