Definition of Jane Doe in English:

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Jane Doe

Pronunciation: /ˌjān ˈdō/

noun

North American
1 Law An anonymous female party, typically the plaintiff, in a legal action.
Example sentences
  • She said Jane Doe's lawyers asked Verizon to withhold her name because she was planning on challenging the subpoena.
  • Education officials were not negligent in their duty to protect a former Jonathan Law High student from sexual exploitation by her basketball coach, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Judge Gerald Esposito dismissed the lawsuit brought by the young woman, identified in court documents only as "Jane Doe."
1.1 informal A hypothetical average woman.
Example sentences
  • For a Jane Doe such as myself the sight of all this hardware with massive antenna extended and satellite dishes pointing to the heavens was staggering.
  • Sadly, there's no shortage of John and Jane Does here: 11 of the 66 people who died on the street in 2002 and 2003 did so without anyone even knowing their names.
  • They also named a number of anonymous Jane Does - individual consumers who have been using Napster.

Origin

Mid 19th century: the female equivalent of John Doe.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Jane Doe

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