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[man-i-kin] /ˈmæn ɪ kɪn/
a styled and three-dimensional representation of the human form used in window displays, as of clothing; dummy.
a wooden figure or model of the human figure used by tailors, dress designers, etc., for fitting or making clothes.
a person employed to wear clothing to be photographed or to be displayed before customers, buyers, etc.; a clothes model.
lay figure (def 1).
Also, manikin.
1560-70; < French < Dutch; see manikin
Can be confused
manikin, mannequin. Unabridged
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Examples for mannequin
  • It becomes a kind of mannequin that's perfectly formed but has no life of its own.
  • Her first moments as a pretend mannequin come to life suggested an extraordinarily imaginative character.
  • The medal now hangs around the neck of a workshop mannequin sporting a silk polka-dot bra and matching high-cut brief.
  • Yet martial discipline can provide only a department-store mannequin version of reform.
  • When the mannequin finally resurfaced, far down current, it appeared to have been dragged violently along the rocks below.
  • Anybody who has ever tried to get a military boot onto a rigid mannequin knows what is going on here.
  • He grasps an uncooperative mannequin in a bear hug and wrestles it into position.
  • Becomes mannequin parts falling apart beneath cheap clothes.
  • With synchronous strokes of the stick, people's sense of self drifted into the mannequin.
  • Sato said, grimacing as she tugged the fabric tighter around the kimono-clad mannequin.
British Dictionary definitions for mannequin


a woman who wears the clothes displayed at a fashion show; model
a life-size dummy of the human body used to fit or display clothes
(arts) another name for lay figure
Word Origin
C18: via French from Dutch mannekenmanikin
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Word Origin and History for mannequin
1902, "model to display clothes," from Fr. mannequin, from Du. manneken (see manikin). A Fr. form of the same word that yielded Eng. manikin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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