Definition of jane in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒeɪn


informal , chiefly US
A woman: some jane had come out defending him, some bigwig’s wife
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  • 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.


early 20th century: from the given name Jane.


plain Jane

An unattractive girl or woman: he’d never give a plain Jane like you a second’s thought
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  • 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.

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