John Q. Public

noun
variants: less commonly

John Q.

or

John Q. Citizen

Definition of John Q. Public

  1. 1 :  a member of the public or the community :  person, citizen just another John Q. Citizen on the road — Springfield (Massachusetts) Union

  2. 2 :  the public or the community personified Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public suffered no great deprivations — Domestic Commerce

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Origin and Etymology of john q. public

from the name John + the initial Q. + public or citizen


First Known Use: 1937


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