Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A life-size full or partial representation of the human body, used for the fitting or displaying of clothes; a dummy.
  • n. A jointed model of the human body used by artists, especially to demonstrate the arrangement of drapery. Also called lay figure.
  • n. One who models clothes; a model.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dummy, or life-size model of the human body, used for the fitting or displaying of clothes
  • n. A jointed model of the human body used by artists, especially to demonstrate the arrangement of drapery
  • n. An anatomical model of the human body for use in teaching of e.g. CPR
  • n. A person who models clothes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a woman who wears clothes to display fashions; a fashion model.
  • n. A three-dimensional model of a person, used to display clothes, especially in retail stores and in window displays; a dummy.
  • n. A model of a human form used by tailors to help make clothing of the proper shape.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  • n. a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

Etymologies

French, from Old French, little man, figurine, from Middle Dutch mannekijn; see manikin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the French mannequin, from the Dutch manneken ("little man"), diminutive of Dutch man ("man"), equivalent to man +‎ -kin. More at man, -kin. (Wiktionary)

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  • *loves dontcry for her magnificent pun*

    September 29, 2008

  • He can't sing, but mannequin dance!

    September 29, 2008

  • I've been feeling down
    I've been looking round the town
    For somebody just like me
    But the only ones I see
    Are the dummies in the window
    They spend their money on clothes
    It saddens me to think
    That the only ones I see are mannequins
    Looking stupid, being used and being thin
    And I don't know why I hang around with them
    The way they act, I'd rather be fat than be confused
    The way they act, I'd rather be fat than be confused
    Than be me in a cage
    With a bottle of rage
    And a family like the mafia.


    (Family tree, by Belle and Sebastian)

    September 29, 2008

  • A human or a life-size model of a human figure used to display clothes.

    September 28, 2008