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John Bull

noun
1.
England; the English people.
2.
the typical Englishman.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; named after John Bull, chief character in Arbuthnot's allegory The History of John Bull (1712)
Related forms
John Bullish, adjective
John Bullishness, noun
John Bullism, noun
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John Bull

noun
1.
a personification of England or the English people
2.
a typical Englishman
Derived Forms
John Bullish, adjective
John Bullishness, noun
John Bullism, noun
Word Origin
C18: name of a character intended to be representative of the English nation in The History of John Bull (1712) by John Arbuthnot
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Word Origin and History for john bullism

John Bull

"Englishman who exemplifies the national character," 1772, from name of a character representing the English nation in Arbuthnot's satire "History of John Bull" (1712).

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john bullism in Culture

John Bull definition


A figure who stands for England in literary and political satire and in cartoons. John Bull is a stout, feisty man, often shown in a suit made out of the British flag.

Note: John Bull is the British equivalent of the United States' symbol Uncle Sam.
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