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[pleyn-jeyn] /ˈpleɪnˈdʒeɪn/

adjective, Informal.
simple and modest; unadorned; basic:
a plain-Jane car dressed up with leather upholstery.
noun, Informal.
a drab, unattractive, and generally uninteresting girl or woman.

“unattractive woman,” first attested 1912.

adjective phrase

Unadorned; stark; no-frills:”Plain Jane” is how one gun collector describes the look

[1912+; the earliest examples read plain Jane and no nonsense]


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