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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Both went completely through the back panel and, with a flicker of the shirt, exited the mannequin’s back. NBC News, "Bulletproof backpacks wouldn't have saved anyone in recent shootings," 21 Aug. 2019 On the mannequin is a scrubs version of a dress that can be worn under a white coat.(James Carbone) Perilla comes in knit and woven fabrics. Ada Tseng, Daily Pilot, "Leukemia survivor designs scrubs to give back to medical community, raise awareness for bone marrow registry," 16 Aug. 2019 Who left her posed by the water like a broken mannequin. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston serial killer Danny Bible scheduled for execution tonight," 27 June 2018 Peripheral figures are mannequin-like in their lack of features, and luminous cellphone screens pop adjacent to the predominant ocean-blues. Dominic Umile, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A lover of surfing, AJ Dungo finds connection and solace in ‘In Waves’," 9 Aug. 2019 The mannequins — all model-thin and low-gloss black — are placed in the center of the room, allowing 3-D inspection. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Outrageous costumes steal the show at this fashion-centric summer art exhibit," 23 July 2019 Using a mannequin and walkie-talkies, Billy is coaxed into the sauna and trapped. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Stranger Things Season 3," 5 July 2019 Invited onto the stage amid a group of mannequins twined together and four muzzled dance artists (one in chains), the audience proved an essential element to the work. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Momentum’ offers mixed dance visions, one exciting, one taxing," 12 July 2019 Shot against pale backgrounds, the looks have a subversive spirit—even on mannequins. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "An Exclusive First Look at the Met’s “Camp: Notes on Fashion” Catalog," 3 Apr. 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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