née

adjective \ ˈnā \
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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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

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


NÉE Defined for Kids

née

adjective
variants: or nee \ˈnā\

Definition of née for Students

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

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