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jane

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

Jane

[jeyn] /dʒeɪn/
noun
1.
a female given name: derived from John.
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British Dictionary definitions for janes

jane

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

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 janes

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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