Definition of mannequin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪkɪn/


1A dummy used to display clothes in a shop window.
Example sentences
  • Once I was able to sift through, I found I was surrounded by mannequins displaying the newest Berliner collection.
  • Never mind the clothes - you need only look at the mannequins in shop windows to feel obese.
  • What is striking in these Renaissance representations, and in the mannequins displayed outside, is the Venetian aristocracy's preference for dressing their African servants in lavish courtly attire.
dummy, model, figure
1.1 dated A person employed by a designer, costumier, etc., to model clothes.
Example sentences
  • Driven by the powerful grey consumer, modelling agencies with elderly mannequins are proliferating, and supermodels are making way for silver-haired ones as the advertising industry becomes attuned to the aging reality.
  • There was moving art in the form of mannequins modeling Megan Waterman's fashion creations.
  • She is what is known in the fashion industry as a fit model or live mannequin.


Mid 18th century: from French (see manikin).

  • manikin from mid 16th century:

    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 mannequin

manikin, pannikin

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