John Bull

noun
\ˈjän-ˈbu̇l \

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 \ adjective
John Bullishness noun
John Bullism \ˈjän-​ˈbu̇-​ˌli-​zəm \ noun

First Known Use of John Bull

1778, 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 1778

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John Bull

noun

English Language Learners Definition of John Bull

: the people or country of England

: a typical Englishman

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