Definition of jane in English:

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Pronunciation: /jān/


informal, chiefly US
A woman.
Example sentences
  • Not surprisingly, there are about three Joes for every Jane – but even so, that means there are over 8 million Janes.
  • Pretty much every Jane, Dick and Harry has a DVD writer in their PC system, DVD writers have become standard equipment.


plain Jane

informal, chiefly US An unattractive girl or woman.
Example sentences
  • Its angle is to take a group of plain Janes, make them over into glamour girls, and then have them all take part in a season-ending beauty pageant.
  • But then as realisation dawns that the array of beauty products have not after all kept their ‘promise’ of turning the plain Jane into a stunning beauty as in those alluring ads, the search for newer range begins.
  • Sixteen plain Janes fight it out in an extreme new reality show in a bid to become a beauty queen.


Early 20th century: from the given name Jane.

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Syllabification: jane

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