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jane

[jeyn] /dʒeɪn/
noun, Slang.
1.
a girl or woman.
Origin of jane
1905-1910
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; generic use of the proper name

Jane

[jeyn] /dʒeɪn/
noun
1.
a female given name: derived from John.
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  • It was a very serious thing for the elements when they got into Aunt jane's diary.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "He certainly was not what is called a domestic character," said Aunt jane.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt jane.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Aunt jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • "It is a blessing that any of it is disposed of while you are not here," said Aunt jane.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for jane

jane

/dʒeɪn/
noun
1.
(slang, mainly US) a girl or woman
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Word Origin and History for jane

Jane

fem. proper name, from French Jeanne, Old French Jehane, from Medieval Latin Johanna (see John). As a generic name for "girl, girlfriend" it is attested from 1906 in U.S. slang. Never a top-10 list name for girls born in the U.S., it ranked in the top 50 from 1931 to 1956. It may owe its "everywoman" reputation rather to its association with John.

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Slang definitions & phrases for jane

jane

noun

  1. A young woman; chick, doll: some jane that was kind of simple/ Ladies from Long Island, janes from New Jersey
  2. A man's sweetheart, fiance´e, etc: make earrings for our janes out of them studs (1906+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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