John Bull

noun
\ ˈjän-ˈbu̇l How to pronounce John Bull (audio) \

Definition of John Bull

1 : the English nation personified : the English people
2 : a typical Englishman

Other Words from John Bull

John Bullish \ ˈjän-​ˈbu̇-​lish How to pronounce John Bullish (audio) \ adjective
John Bullishness noun
John Bullism \ ˈjän-​ˈbu̇-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce John Bullism (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of John Bull

1748, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for John Bull

John Bull, character typifying the English nation in The History of John Bull (1712) by John Arbuthnot

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The first known use of John Bull was in 1748

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“John Bull.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/John%20Bull. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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John Bull

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How to pronounce John Bull (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of John Bull

old-fashioned
: the people or country of England
: a typical Englishman

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