Definition of Jane Doe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    Jane Doe

    BrE BrE//ˌdʒeɪn ˈdəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdʒeɪn ˈdoʊ//
    [singular] (North American English)
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  1. 1used to refer to a woman whose name is not known or is kept secret, especially in a court of law
  2. 2an average woman
  3. compare John Doe
    Word Originmid 19th cent.: the female equivalent of John Doe. More Like This Expressions with people’s names Aunt Sally, Hobson’s choice, Hooray Henry, Houdini, Jack the Lad, Jack Robinson, Jane Doe, Joe Bloggs, Joe Public, Joe Sixpack, John Bull, John Doe, John Hancock, Johnny Reb, PC Plod, Uncle SamSee worksheet.
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