from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Born. Used to indicate the maiden name of a married woman.
  • adj. Formerly known as.

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  • adj. Alternative spelling of nee.


French, feminine past participle of naître, to be born, from Old French naistre, from Latin nāscī; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Frequent crossword puzzle answer.

    August 25, 2007

  • Denotes maiden name, e.g. Margaret Hilda Thatcher née Roberts.
    Pronounced "nay."

    August 24, 2007