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[ney] /neɪ/
born (placed after the name of a married woman to introduce her maiden name):
Madame de Staël, nee Necker.
Also, née.
1750-60; < French, feminine of (past participle of naître to be born) ≪ Latin nātus (see native) Unabridged
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  • Rates vary depending on how many people and how big of a cottage you nee.
  • The joint located between thigh and calf is called a ka-nee.
British Dictionary definitions for née


indicating the maiden name of a married woman: Mrs Bloggs née Blandish
Word Origin
C19: from French: past participle (fem) of naître to be born, from Latin nascī
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Word Origin and History for née


introducing the maiden name of a married woman, 1758, from French née, fem. past participle of naître "born," from Latin natus, past participle of nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus).

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