john

play
noun \ˈjän\

Definition of john

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

  2. 2 :  a prostitute's client

Examples of john in a Sentence

  1. Excuse me, I have to go to the john.

  2. man, that guy seems to spend hours in the john

Recent Examples of john from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'john'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of john

from the name John


John

play
noun \ˈjän\

Definition of John

  1. 1 :  a Jewish prophet who according to Gospel accounts foretold Jesus' messianic ministry and baptized him —called also John the Baptist

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

  3. 3 :  the fourth Gospel in the New Testament — see bible table

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

Recent Examples of john from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'John'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of john

Late Latin Johannes, from Greek Iōannēs, from Hebrew Yōhānān


John

play
biographical name \ˈjän\

Definition of John

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


John

biographical name

Definition of John

  1. 1167–1216 John Lack*landplay \ˈlak-ˌland\ king of England (1199–1216)


John

biographical name

Definition of John

  1. Augustus Edwin 1878–1961 British painter and etcher


JOHN Defined for English Language Learners

john

play
noun

Definition of john for English Language Learners

  • : a toilet or bathroom

  • : a man who pays money to a prostitute for sex


Law Dictionary

john

play
noun \ˈjän\

Legal Definition of john

  1. :  a prostitute's client


Learn More about john


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up john? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!