September 13, 2013
- mannequin (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : an artist's, tailor's, or dressmaker's lay figure; also a form representing the human figure used especially for displaying clothes2 : one employed to model clothing
- How do you use it?
- As we passed by the department store window, the still mannequins changed poses and we realized they were actually live people.
- Are you a word wiz?
The word "mannequin" comes from the Dutch word "mannekijn." What do you think "mannekijn" means?You're a model student of language if you chose D! Although "mannekijn" was used in Dutch to mean "little man," its meaning -- and its spelling -- changed when the word made its way into English in the early 1700s. Instead of a male of small size, the English word "mannequin" came to refer to people who modeled for artists or makers of clothing. It also referred to a human figure made of cloth, wood, or other material that was used to display clothing. Later, "mannequin" gained an additional meaning of people employed to model clothing.