Definition of mannequin in English:


Line breaks: man|ne¦quin
Pronunciation: /ˈmanɪkɪn
, -kwɪn/


  • 1A dummy used to display clothes in a shop window.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    model, fashion model, supermodel
    informal clothes horse


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

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