- simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.
Origin of plain-Jane
First recorded in 1935–40
- a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.
Origin of plain Jane
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for plain-jane
The Daily Pic: Fluorescent tubes as plain-Jane art supplies.Dan Flavin Enlightened Us
February 28, 2013
Word Origin and History for plain-jane
"unattractive woman," first attested 1912.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper