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
 The term John Bull came into the English language in
An old cove that they called John Bull -- I don't know his right name, he was a fat old cove -- he used to come there to hire cars, and Henery used to drive him.
There is one called John Bull on the Guadalquivir, the chief incident in which occurred to me and a friend of mine on our way up that river to Seville.
The John Bull was a complete success and had a distinguished career.
The character later starts a large-scale brawl, and in the confusion, a British-themed pub called John Bull's Fish and Chips is blown up.
Personification of the UK in eighteenth-century prints at the Lewis Walpole Library search 'John Bull' and much, much more.
A scandal like this makes me think that maybe 'John Bull' wasn't so far off the mark after all...
"John Bull," and another from "An Eton Boy," animadverting upon Mr. Seekamp's grammar.
Ruskin, Professor, on _Punch's_ representations of the poor, 3; on _Punch_ Staff as citizens, 111; on "General Février," 176; on _Punch's_ politics, 197; on "John Bull," 206; on the "Song of the Shirt," 334;
"Auto-biographical Recollections," "answer it in the 'True Sun' the following day, and abuse both in the 'John Bull' on the ensuing Sunday."