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John Doenoun

uk   /ˌdʒɒn ˈdəʊ/  us   /ˌdʒɑːn ˈdoʊ/
US specialized law a ​name used in a ​lawcourt for a ​person whose ​realname is ​keptsecret or is not ​known
[C] an ​average or ​typicalperson

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(Definition of John Doe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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John Doenoun [U]

 us   /ˈdʒɑn ˈdoʊ/ (female Jane Doe,  /ˈdʒeɪn ˈdoʊ/ ) law
a ​name used in a ​lawcourt for a ​person whose ​realname is not ​known
John Doe is also an ​average or ​typical man, and Jane Doe is an ​average or ​typical woman.
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