1. A life-size full or partial representation of the human body, used for the fitting or displaying of clothes; a dummy.
2. A jointed model of the human body used by artists, especially to demonstrate the arrangement of drapery. Also called lay figure.
3. One who models clothes; a model.
[French, from Old French, little man, figurine, from Middle Dutch mannekijn; see MANIKIN.]
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