plain-Jane

adjective
\ ˈplān-ˈjān How to pronounce plain-Jane (audio) \

Definition of plain-Jane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not fancy or glamorous : ordinary

plain Jane

noun
\ -ˈjān How to pronounce plain Jane (audio) \

Definition of plain Jane (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is plain

First Known Use of plain-Jane

Adjective

1936, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for plain-Jane

Adjective

from the name Jane

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about plain-Jane

Time Traveler for plain-Jane

Time Traveler

The first known use of plain-Jane was in 1912

See more words from the same year

Statistics for plain-Jane

Cite this Entry

“Plain-Jane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plain-Jane. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on plain-Jane

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for plain-Jane

Comments on plain-Jane

What made you want to look up plain-Jane? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!