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john1

Syllabification: john
Pronunciation: /jän
 
/

noun

informal
1chiefly North American A toilet.
Example sentences
  • Every one of the eight guest rooms has its own john and shower, and there's a raised open-air common kitchen and sitting room.
  • Other symbolism occurs as well, such as almost all the johns being named John, along with the star and two other characters.
  • The Mississippi also had trough type urinals and unwalled johns in the heads, and salt water showers.
2A prostitute’s client.
Example sentences
  • Despite the widespread belief of my older johns that all prostitutes were lesbians and vice versa, I found little overlap of those two communities.
  • The real enemies, for Ross, aren't the johns or the violent clients, or even the police, but feminists and government aid staff.
  • The answer seems to depend on who is being scrutinised - the prostitute or the john.

Origin

early 20th century (sense 2): from the given name John, used from late Middle English as a form of address to a man, or to denote various occupations, including that of priest (late Middle English) and policeman (mid 17th century).

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Syllabification: John
Pronunciation: /jän
 
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( 1165–1216), son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine; king of England 1199–1216; known as John Lackland. He lost most of his French possessions to Phillip II of France. In 1209, he was excommunicated for refusing to accept Stephen Langton as the archbishop of Canterbury. Forced to sign the Magna Carta by his barons in 1215, he ignored its provisions and civil war broke out.

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John3

Syllabification: John
Pronunciation: /
 
jän/
1The name of six kings of Portugal.
1.1 John I ( 1357–1433), reigned 1385–1433; known as John the Great. Reinforced by an English army, he defeated the Castilians at Aljubarrota in 1385 and won independence for Portugal.
1.2 John II ( 1455–95), reigned 1481–95.
1.3 John III ( 1502–57), reigned 1521–57.
1.4 John IV ( 1604–56), reigned 1640–56; known as John the Fortunate. The founder of the Braganza dynasty, he expelled a Spanish usurper and proclaimed himself king.
1.5 John V ( 1689–1750), reigned 1706–50.
1.6 John VI ( 1767–1826), reigned 1816–26.

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