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 The large ant right beneath Mr. Wilson’s chin, a mix of Mars Rover and de Chirico mannequin, wields a leaf almost as big as the entomologist’s head. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Factories are pumping out water-bottle caps, lotion-bottle funnels, mannequin skeletons, artificial Christmas trees, binoculars—the plastic detritus of modern life. Lisa Wong Macabasco, Vogue, 8 Oct. 2021 For example, what appears to be a mannequin might actually be a real person or at least a facsimile of one. Scott Luxor,, 8 Oct. 2021 Oldham walked the dads through the steps of each style while demonstrating them on a mannequin head. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2021 The mom of a 5-year-old boy with autism is praising Old Navy for going above and beyond after her son was surprised with his own mannequin store dog. Joelle Goldstein,, 4 Aug. 2021 The Brooklyn Museum's famous Beaux-Arts Court was transformed into a Dior garden, complete with bushes trimmed into the shape of a Dior mannequin. Sarah Adams, Town & Country, 14 Sep. 2021 Alma’s worktable and the sewing machine recede at an angle that rhymes with the descending right leg of the paper mannequin pinned to the wall. Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2021 Will Forte dazzles as Phil who, thinking he’s alone, flirts with a mannequin., 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of mannequin was in 1730

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20 Oct 2021

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“Mannequin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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