Meaning of “doll” in the English Dictionary

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"doll" in British English

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dollnoun [ C ]

uk /dɒl/ us /dɑːl/

A1 a child's toy in the shape of a small person or baby

Examples

  • This cuddly baby doll comes with her own blanket and bottle.
  • I found her sobbing in the bedroom because she'd broken her favourite doll.
  • She had a doll tucked under her arm.
  • She collects dolls.
  • In good condition, dolls from this period sell for £500 apiece.

Examples from literature

  • Interestingly, the great engineer Tanaka Hisashige, founder of the company that would eventually become TOSHIBA, actually started his career in the early 19th century as a maker of Karakuri dolls. 
  • Karakuri dolls, for example, were seen as more than models; they were respected as an art form. 
  • So some of them put a big doll in their car! 
  • These sophisticated dolls became highly popular. 
  • They want the police to think the doll is a person. 

(Definition of “doll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"doll" in American English

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dollnoun [ C ]

us /dɑl, dɔl/

a child’s toy in the shape of a person, esp. a baby or child

infml You can call someone a doll to show that you like the person or think the person is attractive or pleasant:

She’s a doll, she’s a love, she really is.

(Definition of “doll” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)