Dear John

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Definition of Dear John

: a letter (as to a soldier) in which a spouse or partner asks for a divorce or a partner breaks off an engagement or a friendship

First Known Use of Dear John

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Dear John.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dear%20John. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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