Definition of née
1 —used to identify a woman by her maiden family name Mrs. Jane Doe, née Smith
2 : originally or formerly called the Brewers née Pilots who also are in their third year — Fred Ciampa
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The New York Public Library’s main branch on Fifth Avenue has been renamed for Stephen A. Schwarzman, the old New York State Theater for David H. Koch and Avery Fisher (nee Philharmonic) Hall at Lincoln Center for David Geffen.
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NÉE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of née for English Language Learners
—used after a married woman's name to identify the family name that she had when she was born
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