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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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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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 Which means, finally, customers can sip frozen Mai Tais and snack on coconut shrimp amid the gentle ambiance of tropical-print shirts, straw hats and mannequins in Bermuda shorts. Phillip Valys,, "Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, a restaurant-retail mashup, docking on Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas in November," 28 Aug. 2019 Paintings and posters cover the walls, and neon signs and mannequins dangle from the ceiling. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 The window, which will be up through July 15, holds merchandise from 33 brands, and four mannequins are dressed in Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani, Aidan Mattox, Likely and Veronica Beard. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Retail Therapy: Amazon finds another way, Neiman Marcus' pink window and Macy's has a new Story," 5 July 2019 Its nearly 800 locations don’t have fitting rooms, mannequins or window displays. Washington Post, "Costco quietly becomes a destination for clothes," 28 June 2019 Rihanna debuted a new line of clothing called 6-19 on 18th June at her Fenty NYC pop-up, and chose to display the clothes on a group of size diverse mannequins. Tara Edwards,, "Rihanna, Queen Of Inclusivity, Debuted Body Diverse Mannequins At Her Fenty Pop-Up," 24 June 2019 Realistic models and mannequins can only benefit the stores/designers. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Rihanna Praised for Using Curvy Mannequins 'with Love Handles' at Fenty Clothing Pop-Up Store," 24 June 2019 The store is full of oddities — giant signs from old L.A., novelty phones from the ’70s, mannequins and stacks of L.A. ephemera. San Diego Union-Tribune, "L.A. is losing its weird edges to bland, boxy and Instagram-friendly," 20 June 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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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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