\ ˈnā How to pronounce née (audio) \
variants: or nee

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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Recent Examples on the Web Morgan finally got clean by the late-’60s, with the help of his common-law wife Helen Morgan (nee Moore), and was determined to turn his life and career around with a vision. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 XXXTentacion, née Jahseh Onfroy, was pronounced dead after being shot Monday in Florida. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, 20 June 2018 Son to Tiggy Pettifer, nee Legge-Bourke, his mom was nanny to William and Harry in the 1990’s and has remained close to William ever since. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, 8 May 2018 Carole King, nee Carol Klein, started writing songs as a teenager at James Madison High School, and made demo records with her friend Paul Simon. Ellise Pierce, star-telegram, 5 Sep. 2017 Lewis, nee Hurwitz, had been married briefly in her late teens, to advertising executive Stan Lewis, a union that had ended badly. Maria Carter, Country Living, 30 June 2017 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. Michael Cooper, New York Times, 29 June 2016 See More

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First Known Use of née

1758, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for née

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

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“Née.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/n%C3%A9e. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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variants: or nee \ ˈnā \

Kids Definition of née

used to identify a woman by her maiden name Mrs. Jane Brown, née Johnson


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