née

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adjective \ˈnā\
variants: or

nee

Definition of née

  1. 1 —used to identify a woman by her maiden family name Mrs. Jane Doe, née Smith

  2. 2 :  originally or formerly called the Brewers née Pilots who also are in their third year — Fred Ciampa

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Origin and Etymology of née

French née, feminine of , literally, born, past participle of naître to be born, from Latin nasci — more at nation


NÉE Defined for English Language Learners

née

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adjective

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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