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nee

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  1. born (placed after the name of a married woman to introduce her maiden name): Madame de Staël, nee Necker.
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Origin of nee

1750–60; < French, feminine of (past participle of naître to be born) ≪ Latin nātus (see native)
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Examples from the Web for nee

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Historical Examples

  • In that "nee Carfax" there was, to those who knew, something more than met the eye.

    Fraternity

    John Galsworthy

  • You is prayen for me, I no, bekose dat pane I had in my bak and my nee, is done gone.

    Bolax

    Josephine Culpeper

  • Mrs. Archie Moffam, nee Lucille Brewster, was small and slender.

  • Ch' a found your nee'le, gammer, here in my hand be it!Gammer.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle

    Mr. S. Mr. of Art

  • Because I spake in your behalf, and said the nee'le was yours.Gammer.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle

    Mr. S. Mr. of Art


British Dictionary definitions for nee

née

nee

adjective
  1. indicating the maiden name of a married womanMrs Bloggs née Blandish
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Word Origin

C19: from French: past participle (fem) of naître to be born, from Latin nascī
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Word Origin and History for nee

introducing the maiden name of a married woman, 1758, from French née, fem. past participle of naître "born," from Latin natus, past participle of nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus).

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