Definition of John Q. Public in English:

John Q. Public


North American
  • A name for a hypothetical representative member of the general public, or the general public personified.

    British term Joe Public
    • ‘This cartoon used two of Bill Sanders' favorite characters, John Q. Public and a fast-talking salesman in a plaid sports coat.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean the ideas involved are at the top of John Q. Public's mind, but it seems to me that what we learn in school shouldn't be totally forgotten.’


John Q. Public