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John

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
Wyndham Lewis
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English

Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] Johannes, New Testament Greek Ἰωάννης (Iōánnēs), contraction from Hebrew יוֹחָנָן (Jōħānān, Johanan perhaps from a former Jəhôħānān), meaning "God is gracious".

Pronunciation

Alternative spellings

  • Jon male given name only

Proper noun

Singular
John

Plural
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John

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  1. A male given name very popular since the Middle Ages.
  2. (Biblical) Two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and John the Apostle, identified with John the Evangelist.
  3. (Biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
  4. (Biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
  5. (informal) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
  6. (informal) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.

Quotations

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
  • 1920 John Collings Squire: Life and Letters: Essays. Hodder & Stoughton 1920. pages 233-235("Initials"):
    The name I refer to is John. It has been borne by many illustrious men and an innumerable multitude of the obscure. - - - It is as fixed as the English landscape and the procession of seasons. It never becomes wearisome or tarnished. Nothing affects it; nothing can bring it into contempt; it stands like a rock amid the turbulent waves of human history, as fine and noble a thing now as it was when it first took shape on human lips. It is a name to live up to; but if one who bears it sinks into disrepute it falls not with him, but rather stays in the firmament above him, shining down upon him like a reproachful star.

See also

Related English names

Synonyms

name used to address a man whose actual name is not known

  • (standard): sir
  • (colloquial or slang): boy (especially to a younger man), bro (US, New Zealand), gov or guv (British), guvnor (British), Mac (US), man (especially US), mate (British, Australian), mister, son (to a younger man)

Translations

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Derived terms


Danish

Proper noun

John

  1. A male given name borrowed from English.

Norwegian

Proper noun

John

  1. A male given name borrowed from English.

Swedish

Proper noun

John

  1. A male given name borrowed from English in the eighteenth century, quite popular in Sweden.

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