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née

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[ ney ]
/ neɪ /
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adjective
formerly known as (used following the person’s current or recognized name to introduce a previous, usually feminine, name): Jackie Kennedy Onassis, née Bouvier.
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Origin of née

First recorded in 1750–60; from French née, feminine of (past participle of naître “to be born”), ultimately derived from Latin nātus; see origin at nascent

usage note for née

Née has long been used in English, as in French, to pair a woman’s married name with her maiden name. Since women are more likely to change their names in adulthood, the feminine-inflected form of this French word, spelled with a second letter e, is the one most widely used and recognized.
While in French a man’s original name would be noted with the masculine form , some English speakers are only familiar with the form née. It is not uncommon to see this feminine form used for masculine names, or inanimate objects: the Tennessee Titans, née the Houston Oilers. On the other hand, because English has no gender inflection, it is normal for borrowed words to lose gender markings, so the masculine form is also sometimes seen modifying a woman’s name: Marilyn Monroe, né Norma Jean Mortensen.
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British Dictionary definitions for née

née

nee

/ (neɪ) /

adjective
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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