What is doll?

  • (noun): Informal terms for a (young) woman.
    Synonyms: dame, wench, skirt, chick, bird
    See also — Additional definitions below


A doll is a model of a human being, often used as a toy for children. Dolls have traditionally been used in magic and religious rituals throughout the world, and traditional dolls made of materials like clay and wood are found in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe. The earliest documented dolls go back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Dolls being used as toys was documented in Greece around 100AD. They have been made as crude, rudimentary playthings as well as elaborate art. Modern doll manufacturing has its roots in Germany going back to the 15th century. With industrialization and the appearance of new materials like porcelain and plastic, dolls were increasingly mass produced. During the 20th century dolls became increasingly popular as collectibles.

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Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (opera)
... Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is a chamber opera in two acts by Richard Mills to a libretto by Peter Goldsworthy, based on the play of the same name by Ray Lawler ... used this musical material for his Symphonic Picture from Summer of the Seventeenth Doll ... For plot details, see the article on the play Summer of the Seventeenth Doll ...
Uses, Appearances and Issues - Dolls and Children's Tales
... Many books deal with dolls tales like Wilhelmina ... The adventures of a dutch doll ... Rag dolls have featured in a number of children's stories, like the 19th century character Golliwogg in The Adventures of two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg by Bertha Upton and Florence K ...
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Mariquita Pérez
... Mariquita Pérez is a Spanish doll thought up by Mrs Leonor Coello de Portugal in 1938 ... It was the most famous doll of the forties and fifties in Spain, although it was produced until 1976 ... It is regarded as the best doll ever made in Spain as well as one of the best of its time in Europe because of its craft production, the quality of the used materials and ...
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... Shuppet possesses a discarded doll, growing into and forming Banette ... pins into its own body, turning itself into a voodoo doll ... She added that its concept is cool, stating that "she's a haunted doll what's not to love?" ...

More definitions of "doll":

  • (noun): A small replica of a person; used as a toy.
    Synonyms: dolly

Famous quotes containing the word doll:

    I never felt I could give up my life of freedom to become a man’s housekeeper. When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she became a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll. Had I married at twenty-one, I would have been either a drudge or a doll for fifty-five years. Think of it!
    Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)

    Meanwhile Snow White held court,
    rolling her china-blue doll eyes open and shut
    and sometimes referring to her mirror
    as women do.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

    A doll in the doll-maker’s house
    Looks at the cradle and bawls:
    “That is an insult to us.”
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)