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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

John′ Bull′(n.)

  1. England; the English people.

  2. the typical Englishman.

Origin of John Bull:

1705–15; after John Bull, chief character in Arbuthnot's allegory The History of John Bull (1712)

John′ Bull′ish(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. limey, John Bull(noun)

    a man of English descent


  1. John Bull(ProperNoun)

    A personification of England


  1. John Bull

    John Bull is a national personification of the United Kingdom in general, and England in particular, especially in political cartoons and similar graphic works. He is usually depicted as a stout, middle-aged, country dwelling, jolly, matter-of-fact man.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. John Bull

    a humorous impersonation of the English people, conceived of as well fed, good natured, honest hearted, justice loving, and plain spoken.


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