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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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  • He has almost undone us all—that is as true as steel— And yet for all this great ado cham never the near my nee'le!Baily.

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
  • In that "nee Carfax" there was, to those who knew, something more than met the eye.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • He was twenty- two when you was /nee/ Reed, as the papers say.

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

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
  • "nee, nee," roughly interposed the master-furrier, who had risen from his sofa in the excitement of the scene.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • Mrs. Archie Moffam, nee Lucille Brewster, was small and slender.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • There was no marked paragraph, but she soon discovered the death notice of "Abigail Winfield, nee Weatherby, aged twenty-two."

    Lavender and Old Lace Myrtle Reed
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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