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Origin of née
usage note for née
While in French a man’s original name would be noted with the masculine form né , 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 né is also sometimes seen modifying a woman’s name: the singer P!nk, né Alecia Beth Moore.
It is more elegant to use the form née to introduce a feminine name, and the masculine form né for men and inanimate things or places. When writing about transgender people, it is best to use only their chosen names. However, if a trans person chooses to also use a birth name or other previous name, the convention in English is to use the form of né(e) that reflects the gender of the person, not the former name: Michael Dillon, né Laura . Include former names in descriptions only when they clarify or provide important additional information about a person.
Words nearby née
Example sentences from the Web for née
Jemima Khan, nee Goldsmith, is the daughter of one of Britain's richest men, Sir Jimmy Goldsmith, who died in 1997.
Rooney, nee Joe Yule, Jr., always understood his role in life.
Still more celebs: Hank Williams, Jr., headlined for John McCain in Fayetteville ( nee Fort Bragg) Tuesday afternoon.My Front Row Seat in the Nation's Strangest Swing State|Jim Neal|October 30, 2008|DAILY BEAST
Wilt thou be sworn thou seest dame Chat this woman's nee'le have?Diccon.
At after we lost him, these bad times coom on, an' neaw, aw think we're poo'd deawn as nee to th' greawnd as ony body can be.
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.
Helen Comer, nee Cruitt, was a widow with four youngsters when he met her 54 years ago.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Come down and help to seek here our nee'le, that it were found.