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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for patent leather shoes for girls, usually having a low heel and a single strap that fastens at the side.

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  • n. Plural form of Mary Jane.


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  • Today they have cut and sewn cottons into comforts called Mary Janes, so named for the woman who brought the pattern to the group.


  • Fancy stepped onto the path, which clicked under her Mary Janes, and left everyone behind.

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  • Andā€¦ it's a picture of a toddler, revealing exactly nothing other than how cute two-year-olds look in white socks and Mary Janes.

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  • The smooth soles of their Mary Janes keep slipping on the gravel driveways.


  • The auction, which has raised $1.4 million thus far for various environmental organizations, was followed by a fashion show featuring items like a pair of trompe l'oeil boots by Prada that look like Mary Janes with human calves attached.

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  • Today she wore extra-shiny, white patent leather, Mary Janes.

    The Birthday Girl

  • I wore my patent-leather Mary Janes and a violinist played gypsy music and the lamb chops sported frilly paper panties on their ends, so you could pick them up.

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  • The choices thirty years ago were little more than canvas Keds, cheap plastic prisons with cardboard soles, and black cloth Mary Janes from the PROC.

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  • She pulled the Velcro on her flat-heeled Mary Janes, then removed them and sat them side by side in the closet.


  • Her amusing sketches included two in which she appeared as terrible toddler "Baby Snooks" and delighted audiences with her thoroughly believable impersonation, complete with hair ribbon, starched pinafore, ankle socks, and Mary Janes.

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