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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A personification of England or the English.
  • n. A typical Englishman.

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  • proper n. A personification of England

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a humorous name for the English, collectively; also, an Englishman.
  • n. an ideal personification of the typical characteristics of an Englishman, or of the English people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Englishman; also, the English collectively.
  • n. A game in which the contestants throw pennies upon a flat stone divided into sixteen small squares, each marked with a certain number, and score according to the numbers of the squares upon which the pennies remain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man of English descent

Etymologies

After John Bull, a character in Law Is a Bottomless Pit by John Arbuthnot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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