A mannequin is a human-like figure that's usually used to display clothing in a store. A mannequin in a department store window can look quite normal, but a mannequin in someone's home can look downright creepy.

Any store that sells clothes is likely to have at least a few mannequins, so shoppers can see what dresses and sweaters and hats look like on a (fake) person's body. Another kind of mannequin, more often called a "dressmaker's dummy" is helpful to someone who's sewing a skirt or piecing together a suit. Still other mannequins are used to practice emergency techniques, from CPR to water rescues by the Coast Guard.

Definitions of mannequin

n a life-size dummy used to display clothes

form, manakin, manikin, mannikin
Type of:
a figure representing the human form

n a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

“she was too fat to be a mannequin
fashion model, manakin, manikin, mannikin, model
a fashion model who has attained the status of a celebrity
Type of:
assistant, help, helper, supporter
a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose

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