john bull


  1. England; the English people.
  2. the typical Englishman.


  1. a personification of England or the English people
  2. a typical Englishman

“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).

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.

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