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noun Informal.
a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.
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Origin of plain Jane

First recorded in 1910–15

Other definitions for plain Jane (2 of 2)

plain-Jane

or plain-jane

[ pleyn-jeyn ]
/ ˈpleɪnˈdʒeɪn /

adjective Informal.
simple and modest; unadorned; basic: a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.

Origin of plain-Jane

First recorded in 1935–40
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