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  1. 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)


adverb Literary.
  1. never.
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Examples from the Web for neer

Historical Examples

  • "Reck'n et's neer onto three thousin' mile," drawled the Confed.

    Four Years in Rebel Capitals

    T. C. DeLeon

  • Could neer express the charming lip that has me in its powr.

  • And I neer hae been able to get his brother beyond What is effectual calling?

    The Entail

    John Galt

  • Its an innocent sang for a that; and I wish his brothers may neer do waur than sing the like ot.

    The Entail

    John Galt

  • He died at Burwell neer Lowth in Lincolnshire about 1656 or 1657, aged 92 yeares.

British Dictionary definitions for neer



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

Word Origin

C19: from French: past participle (fem) of naître to be born, from Latin nascī


  1. a poetic contraction of never
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Word Origin and History for neer


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).


c.1200, contraction of never.

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