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John Hancock (jon HAN-kok) noun

A person's signature.

[After John Hancock (1737-1793). American politician and Revolutionary leader. He was president of the Continental Congress (1775-1777) and the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock later served nine terms as governor of Massachusetts (1780-1785 and 1787-1793). (From the prominence of his signature on the Declaration of Independence).]

"In a catalog called 'Autographs of Distinction,' John Hancock's John Hancock sells for $4,995."
Leslie Garcia, How important is your John Hancock?, The Dallas Morning News, 19 Jan 1999.

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