Definition of merkin in English:

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merkin

Pronunciation: /ˈmərkən/

noun

An artificial covering of hair for the pubic area.
Example sentences
  • For example, if a particular designer was contracted to do all of Julia's merkins for her latest movie, that designer might very well get a special credit in the film notes.
  • A merkin was popular during the 18th century, she said.
  • On the run from France for assorted crimes, he attaches himself, gargoyle-like, to the hotel as a year-round resident, and sets up shop in the town making hair adornments - from toupees to merkins to funeral jewellery.

Origin

Early 17th century: apparently a variant of dialect malkin, diminutive of Malde (early form of the given name Maud).

Words that rhyme with merkin

firkin, gherkin, jerkin, Perkin

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mer·kin

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