Definition of Jane Doe in English:

Jane Doe

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Pronunciation: /ʤeɪnˈdəʊ


US Law
  • 1An anonymous female party, typically the plaintiff, in a legal action.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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