Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Used when giving the maiden name of a woman.
  • adj. Used when giving a former name. Originally known as.
  • interj. no, used to express no as a quantity, i.e. not any, like German kein/Dutch geen/French rien. Compare with na.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Born; -- a term sometimes used in introducing the name of the family to which a married woman belongs by birth (i.e. her maiden name).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of neigh.
  • Born: sometimes placed before a married woman's maiden name to indicate the family to which she belongs: as, Madame de Staël, née Necker (that is, Madame de Staël, born Necker, or whose family name was Necker).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (meaning literally `born') used to indicate the maiden or family name of a married woman

Etymologies

French née, feminine of , past participle of naître, to be born. (Wiktionary)
From Old English ne or na ("no"). Cognate with Standard English no. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • JW: I really liked Botany, I should check out Dilemma nee: LOL!

    Local v. Organic: Round 1 | Mind on Fire

  • The way u spelled out all ur name attached with ur 'nee' just made everything look like a birth certificate ...

    FYI

  • And so it was, a year today that the European dream came crashing to earth, as the Dutch voted "nee" in their own referendum, just three days after the French "non".

    Nee-derlands

  • A Belgian blogger, studying in Vienna, Pieter Cleppe, tells us that a poll broadcast yesterday by the television programme Nova gave a 54-46 percent split in favour of the "nee".

    Hell No!

  • This follows a flurry of meetings following the resounding Dutch "nee", with Schröder also having travelled to Luxembourg yesterday to hold crisis talks with the egregious Jean-Claude Juncker.

    A whiff of panic?

  • A survey by pollster Maurice de Hond publicised on Saturday showed an increase from 40 to 42 percent for "nee" campaigners, while supporters of the EU constitution lost one point to 38 percent.

    Who would be prime minister?

  • Incidentally, the soggy brain caught a Dutch "nee" campaigner being interviewed on this morning's BBC Today programme, telling the interviewer that the internet had played a surprisingly large part in the campaign.

    Hell No!

  • For sure, the Dutch will almost certainly vote "nee" and the best of luck to them.

    Today's the day…

  • If anything, as time passes, the "nee" vote will harden and some pundit are predicting a final score as high as 70 percent.

    Today's the day…

  • Firstly, it seems clear that Blair has seen in the Dutch "nee" and the French "non" an opportunity to ditch the UK referendum, which he believes he cannot win and which would be damaging to his premiership.

    Silence

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  • On whether the Knights say this or "ni". Maybe we will never know.

    October 7, 2007