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1. See mannequin.
2. A subservient or insignificant person.
[From obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, variant of ledenman : obsolete Dutch led, limb (from Middle Dutch lit) + man, man (from Middle Dutch; see manikin).]
1. (Art Terms) an artist's jointed dummy, used in place of a live model, esp for studying effects of drapery
2. a person considered to be subservient or unimportant
[C18: from obsolete layman, from Dutch leeman, literally: joint-man]
1. a jointed model of the human body, usu. of wood, from which artists work in the absence of a living model; mannequin.
2. a person of no importance, individuality, distinction, etc.; nonentity.
[1785–95; lay, extracted from obsolete layman < Dutch leeman]
A wooden model of the human body that is jointed so that it can be posed and arranged in clothing; used by artists and sculptors.