- born (placed after the name of a married woman to introduce her maiden name): Madame de Staël, nee Necker.
- indicating the maiden name of a married womanMrs Bloggs née Blandish
- a poetic contraction of never
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). c.1200, contraction of never.