John Doe

noun
\ ˈjän-ˈdō How to pronounce John Doe (audio) \

Definition of John Doe

1 : a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown
2 : an average man

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of John Doe in a Sentence

to John Doe the most important issues in any election are usually those that affect his wallet

First Known Use of John Doe

circa 1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about John Doe

Statistics for John Doe

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for John Doe

The first known use of John Doe was circa 1659

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for John Doe

John Doe

noun
\ ˈjän-ˈdō How to pronounce John Doe (audio) \

Legal Definition of John Doe

: a party to legal proceedings (as a suspect) whose true name is unknown or withheld — compare jane roe, richard roe

More from Merriam-Webster on John Doe

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with John Doe

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for John Doe

Comments on John Doe

What made you want to look up John Doe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!