John Hancock


John Han·​cock ˈjän-ˈhan-ˌkäk How to pronounce John Hancock (audio)
: an autograph signature

Examples of John Hancock in a Sentence

let me just scribble my John Hancock on the bottom of the form
Recent Examples on the Web The committee found that John Hancock sells the most PPLI policies, nearly a third of the market, with the average policy conferring more than $3 million in death benefits. Julie Zauzmer Weil, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 For a bigger yield, look to the John Hancock Premium Dividend Fund (PDT) and its incredible 9.1% payout, which also trades at a rare discount. PDT once traded at a more than 20% premium, and double-digit premiums haven’t been unheard of in recent years. Michael Foster, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Laura Linney | Credit: Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images In a video posted to TikTok, Linney can be seen exiting the Christian Siriano show when a man seeking a John Hancock from the Emmy-winning John Adams star approaches her. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 11 Sep. 2023 In the popular American imagination, John Hancock is remembered as little more than a signature. Guy Denton, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 Colonial merchants like John Hancock and Samuel Adams, both leaders of the Sons of Liberty, facilitated this illicit exchange, reaping profits at the expense of the British East India Company (EIC), which held the monopoly on the legal tea trade. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 Last Thursday, the board ushered in four new members: Meditech chief executive Michelle O’Connor, John Hancock chief marketing officer Lindsay Hanson, Suffolk Construction chief marketing officer Katy O’Neil, and Burns & Levinson managing partner Paul Mastrocola. Globe Staff,, 18 Sep. 2023 Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategist at John Hancock Investment Management, is among the analysts who still doubt that the Fed will achieve a soft landing. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2023 President James Monroe died 5 years later on July 4, 1831. 10 The First Person to Sign the Declaration of Independence Was Never President John Hancock famously was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence (that's where the phrase 'put your John Hancock here' originates). Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History


John Hancock; from the prominence of his signature on the Declaration of Independence

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of John Hancock was in 1885

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“John Hancock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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