Jane Roe

\ ˈjān-ˈrō How to pronounce Jane Roe (audio) \

Definition of Jane Roe

: a woman who is a party to legal proceedings and whose true name is unknown or withheld : jane doe Feuer said the homeless woman, identified in the suit as Jane Roe to protect her privacy, had medical insurance and a primary care provider.— Gale Holland

First Known Use of Jane Roe

1788, in the meaning defined above

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“Jane Roe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jane%20Roe. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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Jane Roe

\ ˈjān-ˈrō \

Legal Definition of Jane Roe

: a female party to a legal proceeding whose true identity is unknown or whose true name is being withheld — compare john doe, richard roe

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