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

manikin, mannequin. Unabridged
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mannequin (ˈmænɪkɪn)
1.  a woman who wears the clothes displayed at a fashion show; model
2.  a life-size dummy of the human body used to fit or display clothes
3.  arts another name for lay figure
[C18: via French from Dutch mannekenmanikin]

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Word Origin & History

1902, "model to display clothes," from Fr. mannequin, from Du. manneken (see manikin). A Fr. form of the same word that yielded Eng. manikin.
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Example sentences
Robots in this league are tested on their abilities to find mannequins trapped
  inside a three-story building that has collapsed.
Two polyester-clad cronies kibitz while mannequins gyrate in a storefront
  window in the background.
Poiret soon ditched the doll in favor of live mannequins.
Films from the era show how they used mannequins to determine how a bomb would
  affect clothing.
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