Definition of manikin in English:

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manikin

Pronunciation: /ˈmanəkən/
(also mannikin)

noun

1A person who is very small, especially one not otherwise abnormal or deformed.
Example sentences
  • There, pirouetting between my knees, is a tiny manikin.’
2A jointed model of the human body, used in anatomy or as an artist’s lay figure.
Example sentences
  • This consists of an introductory seminar including demonstration of pelvic examination on a manikin and an opportunity for students to practise this under supervision.
  • In addition, actors were used by 15 schools, volunteers by 14, manikins by all 19, videos by 11, and simulators by four.
  • Students were informed beforehand about the study, and technical skills were taught on manikins.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from Dutch manneken (Middle Dutch mannekijn), diminutive of man 'man'.

More
  • This is from Dutch manneken ‘little man’. The same word, through French gives us mannequin for a model (early 20th century).

Words that rhyme with manikin

mannequin, pannikin

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: man·i·kin

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