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or née

[ney] /neɪ/
born (placed after the name of a married woman to introduce her maiden name):
Madame de Staël, nee Necker.
Origin of nee
1750-60; < French, feminine of (past participle of naître to be born) ≪ Latin nātus (see native) Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • Whereto served your hands and eyes, but this your nee'le to keep?

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  • Where ha' you been fidging abroad, since you your nee'le lost?Gammer.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  • Come down and help to seek here our nee'le, that it were found.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  • Chold you forty pound, that is the way your nee'le to get again.Gammer.

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British Dictionary definitions for nee


indicating the maiden name of a married woman: Mrs Bloggs née Blandish
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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