John Bull definition by Webster's New World
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England or an Englishman
Origin: title character in John Arbuthnot's History of John Bull (1712)
John Bull definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A personification of England or the English.
- A typical Englishman.
Origin: After John Bull, a character in Law Is a Bottomless Pit by John Arbuthnot.