john

noun (1)
\ˈjän \

Definition of john 

(Entry 1 of 5)

1 [ probably short for johnny, johnny house privy ] : toilet

2 : a prostitute's client

John

noun (2)
\ˈjän \

Definition of John (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : a Jewish prophet who according to Gospel accounts foretold Jesus' messianic ministry and baptized him

called also John the Baptist

2 : an apostle who according to various Christian traditions wrote the fourth Gospel, the three Johannine Epistles, and the Book of Revelation

3 : the fourth Gospel in the New Testament — see Bible Table

4 : any of three short didactic letters addressed to early Christians and included in the New Testament — see Bible Table

John

biographical name (1)
\ˈjän \

Definition of John (Entry 3 of 5)

name of 21 popes: especially XXIII (Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) 1881–1963 (pope 1958–63)

John

biographical name (2)

Definition of John (Entry 4 of 5)

1167–1216 John Lackland \ ˈlak-​ˌland \ king of England (1199–1216)

John

biographical name (3)

Definition of John (Entry 5 of 5)

Augustus Edwin 1878–1961 British painter and etcher

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Synonyms for john

Synonyms: Noun (1)

bath, bathroom, bog [British], can, cloakroom [British], comfort station, convenience [chiefly British], head, latrine, lavatory, loo [chiefly British], potty, restroom, toilet, washroom, water closet

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Examples of john in a Sentence

Noun (1)

Excuse me, I have to go to the john. man, that guy seems to spend hours in the john

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a classroom at the law school, john powell was teaching a seminar on civil rights. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "How Social-Media Trolls Turned U.C. Berkeley Into a Free-Speech Circus," 23 May 2016 The end of Ramadan is ushered in by Eid al-Fitr, a one- to three-day celebration abounding with culinary treats including sweet dishes like baklava and sheer khurma as well as more savory roti john and beef rendang. Maritza Moulite, CNN, "Eid al-Fitr: A healthy way to break the fast," 14 June 2018 Bahr said Jane Doe 2 and two male compatriots may have been planning to rob a ``john'' that night at the motel. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man who raped two at gunpoint sentenced to life term," 29 May 2018 During a recent visit with his friend George Wein in New York City, the jazz composer Charles Lloyd excused himself to go to the john. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Jazz master Charles Lloyd’s never-ending quest leads to Newport," 18 May 2018 Photo: john sibley/Reuters During the NFL’s recent push to establish itself in England, the Jaguars have been the vanguard. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Announces Bid to Buy Wembley Stadium," 26 Apr. 2018 Piney Woods Lane 68002: john Wierman to Bruce McNeal, $155,000. Nola.com Digital Operations, NOLA.com, "St. Tammany real estate transfers for Dec. 13-19, 2017," 19 Jan. 2018 Boardman was wearing a green vest, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, gray shoes, tan long john underwear and a blue T-shirt, the release states. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Lake County coroner seeks family of man found dead in East Chicago," 9 Mar. 2018 Had the honour of signing with her for pope john paul in the Vatican many years ago. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of john

Noun (1)

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for john

Noun (1)

from the name John

Noun (2)

Late Latin Johannes, from Greek Iōannēs, from Hebrew Yōhānān

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john

noun

English Language Learners Definition of john

: a toilet or bathroom

: a man who pays money to a prostitute for sex

john

noun
\ˈjän \

Legal Definition of john 

: a prostitute's client

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