proper noun (book of the Bible, Gospel of John)
Etymology: Johannes, New Testament Greek (polytonic, á) (IÅínnÄs), contraction from Hebrew , ÖÖÖ (IPAchar, (JÅÄÄnÄn, Johanan perhaps from a former JÉhíÄÄnÄn)), meaning "God is gracious".
- (given name, male) very popular since the Middle Ages.
- (biblical) Two persons of great importance to early Christianity: John the Baptist and w:John the Apostle, John the Apostle, identified with w:John the Evangelist, John the Evangelist.
- (biblical) The Gospel of St. John, a book of the New Testament of the Bible. Traditionally the fourth of the four gospels.
- (biblical) One of the books in the New Testament of the Bible, the epistles of John (1 John, 2 John and 3 John).
- (colloquial) Used frequently to form an idea personified John Bull, John Barleycorn (see derivations below).
- (colloquial) A name used to address a man whose actual name is not known: John Doe.
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