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jane

[jeyn]
noun Slang.
  1. a girl or woman.
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Origin of jane

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; generic use of the proper name

Jane

[jeyn]
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.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "He certainly was not what is called a domestic character," said Aunt Jane.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Aunt Jane approached a degree nearer the equator, and said, gently, "I fear I do."

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • "It is a blessing that any of it is disposed of while you are not here," said Aunt Jane.

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    Thomas Wentworth Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for jane

jane

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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