Jane Doe

noun

: a woman who is a party to legal proceedings and whose true name is unknown or withheld

Examples of Jane Doe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The law firm representing Jane Doe in this case is the same counsel for Paula Abdul, who filed a lawsuit against Lythgoe in December. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 The case was filed by a transgender woman, Jane Doe, housed at a men’s facility in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 The woman, identified in her lawsuit only as Jane Doe, has alleged Combs, along with Harve Pierre, a former president of Combs’ record label, and an unnamed individual, took turns raping her. Diana Dasrath, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 Reps for Iovine and Jane Doe have not returned PEOPLE's request for comment. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 The plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, alleged that she was flown on a private jet from Michigan to Combs’ recording studio in New York. Thania Garcia, Variety, 21 Feb. 2024 Still working to identify 'Fairmount Jane Doe,' found in November Investigators are still working to identify Fairmount Jane Doe, who was the victim of a homicide. Bebe Hodges, The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2024 The summons was filed in November to meet the Survivors’ Act’s deadline, but the Jane Doe from the summons never filed a full lawsuit. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, another woman, identified as a Jane Doe, sued Russell for rape in a separate complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Stacy Perman, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Jane Doe was in 1703

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“Jane Doe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jane%20Doe. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

Jane Doe

noun
: a woman who is a party to legal proceedings and whose true name is unknown or withheld
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