Definition of Russian doll in English:

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Russian doll



Each of a set of brightly painted hollow wooden dolls of varying sizes, designed to fit inside each other.
Example sentences
  • One gold earring - quite possibly to be worn by a man, the carvings suggest - is a fist-sized, astonishingly intricate, assemblage of dozens of rings and spirals, set inside each other like a Russian doll.
  • Scary Movie brings to mind those Russian dolls that fit one inside the other.
  • Yet each year the tree adds a new layer of wood under the bark, and the amount of wood needed to coat the whole tree increases, just as, in a set of Russian dolls, each new doll on the outside has to be bigger.
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