John-a-Stiles

noun
variants: or John-a-Styles \ ˌjänəˈstī(ə)lz \

Definition of John-a-Stiles

archaic
: the second party to legal proceedings when the true names of both parties are unknown — compare john-a-nokes

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History and Etymology for John-a-Stiles

alteration of earlier John at Stile, from the name John + at Stile, probably from Middle English atte stile at the stile

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“John-a-Stiles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/John-a-Stiles. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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