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See also: Jane and janë



Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French Jannes (Genoway).


jane (plural janes)

  1. (obsolete) A silver Genovese coin, first used in England in the 14th century.
    • 14th c, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Rime of Sire Thopas, The Canterbury Tales, 1793, A Complete Edition of the Poets of Great Britain, Volume 1, page 124,
      His robe was of chekelatoun, / That coste many a jane.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vii:
      Certes was but a common Courtisane, / Yet flat refusd to haue a do with mee, / Because I could not giue her many a Iane.

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms.


jane (plural janes)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Jane, a woman.
  2. Alternative spelling of jean
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. VII, Over-Production
      Ye miscellaneous, ignoble manufacturing individuals, ye have produced too much! We accuse you of making above two-hundred thousand shirts for the bare backs of mankind. Your trousers too, which you have made, of fustian, of cassimere, of Scotch-plaid, of jane, nankeen and woollen broadcloth, are they not manifold?
  3. A female client of a prostitute.