- a little man; dwarf; pygmy.
- a model of the human body for teaching anatomy, demonstrating surgical operations, etc.
Origin of manikin
- 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.
- lay figure(def 1).
Origin of mannequin
Examples from the Web for manikin
But each time the manikin shook his head haughtily and answered, “No!”
So Simple and the Manikin sat down by the roadside and ate together.
The tailor adapts the manikin as well as the clothes to his patron's wants.The Education of Henry Adams
I seemed to myself to be a puppet, a jointed figure, a manikin.The Blue Wall
Richard Washburn Child
They greeted one another, and the manikin asked him where he was going.The Yellow Fairy Book
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
mannikin formerly manakin
- a little man; dwarf or child
- an anatomical model of the body or a part of the body, esp for use in medical or art instruction
- Also called: phantoman anatomical model of a fully developed fetus, for use in teaching midwifery or obstetrics
- variant spellings of mannequin
- 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 and History for manikin
1902, "model to display clothes," from French mannequin (15c.), from Dutch manneken (see manikin). A French form of the same word that yielded manikin, and sometimes mannequin was used in English in a sense "artificial man" (especially in translations of Hugo). Originally of persons, in a sense where we might use "model."
A mannequin is a good-looking, admirably formed young lady, whose mission is to dress herself in her employer's latest "creations," and to impart to them the grace which only perfect forms can give. Her grammar may be bad, and her temper worse, but she must have the chic the Parisienne possesses, no matter whether she hails from the aristocratic Faubourg St. Germain or from the Faubourg Montmartre. ["The Bystander," Aug. 15, 1906]
Later (by 1939) of artificial model figures to display clothing.