John Doe

noun
\ˈjän-ˈdō \

Definition of John Doe 

1 : a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown

2 : an average man

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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

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The first known use of John Doe was circa 1659

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John Doe

noun
\ˈjän-ˈdō \

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

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