Meaning of John Q. Public in English:

John Q. Public



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

    British term Joe Public

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This cartoon used two of Bill Sanders' favorite characters, John Q. Public and a fast-talking salesman in a plaid sports coat.’