John meaning

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The definition of a john is a toilet, the customer of a prostitute, or the name of a man or boy.

An example of a john is what we sit on to use the bathroom.

An example of a john is a man who pays for sex.

An example of a John is John Adams, the second president of the U.S.

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King of England (1199–1216). The youngest son of Henry II, he schemed against his father and his brother Richard I. During his reign, the English lost most of their possessions in France. The nobility rose against John and forced him to sign the Magna Carta (1215).
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A man who is a prostitute's customer.
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One of the 12 Apostles and the brother of James the Great. He is traditionally considered the author of the fourth Gospel, three epistles, and the book of Revelation.
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A toilet.
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A masculine name: dim. Jack, Johnnie, Johnny; equiv. Fr. Jean, Ger. Hans, Johann, Johannes, Ir. Sean, Shane, Shawn, It. Giovanni, Pol. Jan, Russ. Ivan, Scot. Iain, Ian, Jock, Sp. Juan, Welsh Evan; fem. Jane, Jean, Jeanne, Joan, Joanna, Joanne, Johanna.
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(called John Lackland) 1167?-1216; king of England (1199-1216): forced by his barons to sign the Magna Carta: son of Henry II.
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(born John Sobieski) 1624-96; king of Poland (1674-96)
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(born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli) 1881-1963; pope (1958-63)
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1879-1961; Eng. painter.
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(slang) A prostitute's client.
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(slang, US) A lavatory, toilet.
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(slang) An outhouse privy. Also johnny house.
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(slang) A name often used as a generic reference to a male of European, North-American, or Australian origin, while travelling in East Asia.
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A male given name very popular since the Middle Ages.
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(biblical) Two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and John the Apostle, identified with John the Evangelist.
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(biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
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(biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
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A patronymic surname​.
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(informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
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(informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.
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A toilet.
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Origin of john

  • Middle English from Old French Jehan from Late Latin Ioannes, Iohannes from Greek Iōannēs from Hebrew yôḥānān Yahweh has been gracious Yahweh hwy in Semitic roots ḥānan he has been gracious ḥnn in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the name John

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin Iōhannēs (variant of Iōannēs), from New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōannēs), from Classical Hebrew יוֹחָנָן (Yōḥānān), perhaps contracted from a former יְהוֹחָנָן (Yəhōḥānān, “God is gracious”).

    From Wiktionary