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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

John′ Doe′doʊ(n.)

  1. an anonymous, average man.

  2. a fictitious name used in legal proceedings for a male party whose true name is not known.

    Category: Law

    Ref: Compare Jane Doe, Richard Roe.

  3. an unidentified man:

    The police were looking for a John Doe.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of John Doe:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. John Doe, Joe Blow, Joe Bloggs, man in the street(noun)

    a hypothetical average man

  2. John Doe(noun)

    an unknown or fictitious man who is a party to legal proceedings


  1. John Doe(Noun)

    A fictitious name used in the legal documents for an unknown or anonymous male person.

  2. John Doe(Noun)

    Any unknown or anonymous male person.


  1. John Doe

    The names "John Doe" for males, "Jane Doe" or "Jane Roe" for females, or just "Doe" non-gender-specifically are used as placeholder names for a party whose true identity is unknown or must be withheld in a legal action, case, or discussion. The names are also used to refer to a corpse or hospital patient whose identity is unknown. This practice is widely used in the United States and Canada, but is rarely used in other English-speaking countries including the United Kingdom itself, from where the use of "John Doe" in a legal context originates. The name Joe Bloggs is used in the UK instead, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.


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