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[john] /dʒoʊn/
("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. Unabridged
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  • Joan told me about it at the beginning when I chaffed her about his loving her; and he does, you know he does.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • My dear Joan, in the name of Heaven, explain first, and then console!

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • Joan returned his greeting and said that she could not sleep all the time.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • Methinks yon lazy Joan might lift one, and be none the worsen.

    For the Master's Sake Emily Sarah Holt
  • Joan knew that as she knew so many other things without understanding why.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for Joan


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Joan



To play a game of verbal abuse, esp against the opponent's mother and family; jive, play the dozens: All kinds of kids jone, says 11-year-old Hamani/ readers howling in outrage that we had dared to suggest that the verb ''joan'' (meaning to insult) was possibly derived from Joan Rivers

[1930s+ Black; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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