- 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 mannequin
The mannequin, meanwhile, lies in a heap of legs and arms on the stately king-sized bed.‘The Spoils of Babylon’: IFC’s Cheeky Miniseries Starring Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and More
January 9, 2014
They were able to redo it as My Fair Lady, which is so beautiful, and then Mannequin.‘The Host’: ‘Twilight’ Author Stephenie Meyer’s Favorite Film Romances
March 29, 2013
He sold his harps and bought photography equipment, taking round-the-clock photos of a mannequin in different kinds of light.Shooting the Stars With Fashion Photographers Markus and Indrani
November 25, 2012
Before the body was sent to the crematorium, Shilling and Crump filled the casket with animal bones, meat, and a mannequin.The Granny Faked Funeral Case
January 18, 2011
Jason Schwartzman was holding hands with a mannequin during a fashion photo-shoot in Hollywood one afternoon last spring.This Is Not a Fashion Spread
September 15, 2009
Madame colours, looks resentful, Mademoiselle busies herself with orders to a mannequin.In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
If it does not satisfy the mannequin demand for "beauty" it at least refuses to accept margarine substitutes.Instigations
She found herself moving slowly around the study, with the gait of a mannequin in a dress-maker's show-room.Zuleika Dobson
The glide seems to be the ideal at which the modern woman aims in her walk, and the mannequin glides with every exaggeration.The Book of This and That
He's too good looking in an unassuming masculine way to dress so neatly—it makes him look like a mannequin.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
- 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 mannequin
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.