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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Origin and Etymology of 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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