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


    John Doe

    ; NAmE
    [usually singular] (North American English)
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  1. 1a name used for a person whose name is not known or is kept secret, especially in a court of law
  2. 2an average man
  3. compare Jane 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. Word Origin mid 18th cent.: originally in legal use as a name of a fictitious complainant, corresponding to Richard Roe, used to represent the defendant.
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