- Fair Maid of Kent, 1328–85, wife of Edward, the Black Prince, and mother of Richard II.
- a fictitious female pope about a.d. 855–858.
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for joan
Estee Lauder has not crumbled to dust because the perfect brown face of Joan Smalls represents it.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Someone recently sent me an old Joan Didion essay on self-respect that appeared in Vogue.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
We see photographs of him with his arm around Joan Jett, two punks mugging for the camera.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
One understood why Joan Fontaine stayed with him no matter what.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
I first read Joan Didion in my early 20s, and that totally changed everything.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
"But this must succeed, whatever may have happened to the others," cried Joan.
Joan and Marguerite see a good deal of each other, you know.
Major White knew that he would find Joan alone at the hotel.
Perhaps Joan and he understood each other without any such display.
Neither knew what the other thought of Joan Ferriby, or if he thought of her at all.
- known as the Fair Maid of Kent. 1328–85, wife of Edward the Black Prince; mother of Richard II
- Pope legendary female pope, first mentioned in the 13th century: said to have been elected while disguised as a man and to have died in childbirth
Word Origin and History for joan
fem. proper name, originally Joanna, fem. of Johannes (see John). Often 17c.-18c. used as a generic name for a female rustic. Among U.S. births, a top 10 name for girls born between 1930 and 1937.