plain Jane
noun Date: 1912 one that is plain

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • plain-Jane — [plān′jān′] adj. [< PLAIN JANE] Informal 1. plain, drab, dull, etc. [plain Jane looks] 2. basic or simple; ordinary; unremarkable …   English World dictionary

  • Plain Jane — usually refers either to a woman who tends to avoid using makeup, fussing with her hair, and wearing stylish clothing, or to a woman who does, but simply is of average or unexceptional appearance.The term may also apply to: * The P.L.A.I.N. Janes …   Wikipedia

  • plain jane — A plain Jane is a woman who isn t particularly attractive …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • plain-Jane — plain′ Jane′ or plain′ jane′ adj. cvb inf simple; ordinary • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • plain Jane — n. a plain, dowdy, unremarkable woman or girl …   English World dictionary

  • plain Jane — unattractive woman, first attested 1912 …   Etymology dictionary

  • plain jane — I. adjective Usage: usually capitalized J Etymology: from the name Jane : of the usual type : ordinary, unremarkable the plain Jane model … may be offered with optional trim Motor Life …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain-Jane — /playn jayn /, adj. Informal. simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery. Also, plain jane. [1935 40] * * * plainˈ Jane adjective 1. Ordinary, unremarkable 2. Plain, esp of a garment • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • plain-Jane — /playn jayn /, adj. Informal. simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery. Also, plain jane. [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • plain Jane — {n. phr.} A common or simple looking young woman or girl. * /When we were in school, Ann was a plain Jane, but she blossomed out and even won the title of Miss Indiana./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • plain Jane — {n. phr.} A common or simple looking young woman or girl. * /When we were in school, Ann was a plain Jane, but she blossomed out and even won the title of Miss Indiana./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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