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

Definition of née

1 used to identify a woman by her maiden family nameMrs. 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 XXXTentacion, née Jahseh Onfroy, was pronounced dead after being shot Monday in Florida. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Los Angeles Police Shut Down The XXXTentacion Memorial In L.A.," 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, "Remember the Flower Girl Who Stole Will and Kate's Wedding? Find Out Where She Is Now!," 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, "Douglas McGrath faced Texas-size challenge to condense King’s life into ‘Beautiful’," 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, "'Lamb Chop' Creator Shari Lewis Struggled with Marriage and Motherhood," 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, "Ronald Perelman Donates $75 Million for Arts Complex at World Trade Center Site," 29 June 2016

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of née

used after a married woman's name to identify the family name that she had when she was born
variants: or nee \ ˈnā \

Kids Definition of née

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

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