Definition of Dear John letter in English:

Dear John letter

Line breaks: Dear John let¦ter
Pronunciation: /dɪəˈdʒɒnlɛtə(r)
(also Dear John)


A letter from a woman to a man, ending a romantic or sexual relationship.
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  • You might think it's easier this way but have you though about how many suicides are caused in direct response to a receiving a Dear John Letter?
  • Soldiers mourn their friends, and bemoan Dear John letters.
  • I told her ‘You sent me a Dear John letter in 1949’.

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