Joan

[john]
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noun

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.

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Historical Examples of joan

  • "But this must succeed, whatever may have happened to the others," cried Joan.

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    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Joan and Marguerite see a good deal of each other, you know.

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    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "Oh, but this is not the Haberdashers' Assistants," laughed Joan.

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    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Neither knew what the other thought of Joan Ferriby, or if he thought of her at all.

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    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "I was at school with Joan," replied Miss Roden, with her soft laugh.

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    Henry Seton Merriman


British Dictionary definitions for joan

Joan

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for joan

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.

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