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Jane Doe

What Does "Jane Doe" Mean?

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"Jane doe" is an English idiom. It means "an anonymous or unknown woman; typically used in legal proceedings."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "jane doe" used in a sentence:
  • The victim was a Jane Doe until they could identify her through dental records.
  • They filed the paperwork under Jane Doe while the patient's identity was confirmed.
  • The case of Jane Doe remains unsolved to this day.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Jane Doe" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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