or née



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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nee

Contemporary Examples of nee

Historical Examples of nee

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


    John Galsworthy

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


    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




indicating the maiden name of a married womanMrs Bloggs née Blandish

Word Origin for née

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