Meaning of “John Doe” in the English Dictionary

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"John Doe" in British English

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John Doenoun

uk /ˌdʒɒn ˈdəʊ/ us /ˌdʒɑːn ˈdoʊ/

US specialized law a name used in a law court for a person whose real name is kept secret or is not known

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

"John Doe" in American English

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John Doenoun [ U ]

us /ˈdʒɑn ˈdoʊ/ female Jane Doe, /ˈdʒeɪn ˈdoʊ/ law

a name used in a law court for a person whose real name is not known

John Doe is also an average or typical man, and Jane Doe is an average or typical woman.

(Definition of “John Doe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)