manikin

or man·ni·kin

[ man-i-kin ]
/ ˈmæn ɪ kɪn /

noun

a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.

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Origin of manikin

1560–70; < Dutch manneken, equivalent to man man1 + -ken -kin. See mannequin

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH manikin

manikin mannequin

Definition for manikin (2 of 2)

mannequin

or man·i·kin

[ man-i-kin ]
/ ˈmæn ɪ kɪn /

noun

a styled and three-dimensional representation of the human form used in window displays, as of clothing; dummy.
a wooden figure or model of the human figure used by tailors, dress designers, etc., for fitting or making clothes.
a person employed to wear clothing to be photographed or to be displayed before customers, buyers, etc.; a clothes model.

Origin of mannequin

1560–70; < French < Dutch; see manikin

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mannequin

manikin mannequin
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British Dictionary definitions for manikin (1 of 2)

manikin

mannikin formerly manakin

/ (ˈmænɪkɪn) /

noun

a little man; dwarf or child
  1. an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
  2. Also called: phantom an anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
variant spellings of mannequin

Word Origin for manikin

C17: from Dutch manneken, diminutive of man

British Dictionary definitions for manikin (2 of 2)

mannequin
/ (ˈmænɪkɪn) /

noun

a woman who wears the clothes displayed at a fashion show; model
a life-size dummy of the human body used to fit or display clothes
arts another name for lay figure

Word Origin for mannequin

C18: via French from Dutch manneken manikin
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