John' Doe'

1. an anonymous, average man.
2. a fictitious name used in legal proceedings for a male party whose true name is not known. Cf. Jane Doe, Richard Roe.
3. of or for an unknown person; using the name John Doe to stand for an unknown person: The judge issued a John Doe warrant so the police could arrest the culprit when they identified him.
4. an unidentified man: The police were looking for a John Doe.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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