John Doe: Meaning and Definition of
- an anonymous, average man.
- a fictitious name used in legal proceedings for a male party whose true name is not known. Cf. Jane Doe, Richard Roe.
- 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.
- an unidentified man: The police were looking for a John Doe.