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John according to the New Testament, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, one of the four evangelists, and the probable author of the fourth Gospel, the Book of Revelation, and three Epistles. [5 definitions]
John Adams the second President of the United States (1797-1801), who had been a strong advocate of American independence from Great Britain as well as one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. President Adams was also the first U.S. Vice President under his predecessor George Washington (b.1735--d.1826).
John Barleycorn the personification of any intoxicating liquor.
johnboat a flat-bottomed boat with a square bow and stern, used on inland waters.
John Bull a typical Englishman or a personification of the English government or people, after the main character in the eighteenth-century allegory History of John Bull by John Arbuthnot.
John Calvin a French theologian and leader of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland (b.1509--d.1564).
John Doe the name used in legal proceedings to indicate a fictitious or unknown man.
John F. Kennedy the 35th President of the United States (1961-1963), who pursued a foreign policy of anti-Communism, established the Peace Corps, and worked for civil rights in the United States. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 (b.1917--d.1963).
John Hancock1 a U.S. statesman and first signer of the Declaration of Independence (b.1737--d.1793).
John Hancock2 (informal) anyone's signature.
John James Audubon a U.S. ornithologist and painter (b.1785--d.1851).
John Maynard Keynes an English economist and writer (b.1883--d.1946).
John Milton an English poet (b.1608--d.1674).
johnnycake an unleavened bread made from corn meal.
Johnny Carson popular comedian and, from 1962 to 1992, host of a late-night talk show; born John William Carson (b.1925--d.2005).
Johnny-come-lately a latecomer to a certain place, viewpoint, or fashion.
Johnny-on-the-spot (informal) a person who is prepared to act whenever necessary, or who arrives immediately.
Johnson grass a coarse perennial grass grown for animal forage, but often growing as a troublesome weed.
Johnson noise the thermal background noise heard on a radio receiver.
John the Baptist according to the New Testament, a minister, born shortly before Jesus Christ, who foretold the coming of the Messiah in the person of Jesus and later baptized him.
joie de vivre joy of living (French); the intense pleasure one takes from being alive.