Definition of manikin in English:


Syllabification: man·i·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈmanikən
(also mannikin)


1A person who is very small, especially one not otherwise abnormal or deformed.
More 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.
More 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.


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

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