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(masculine) and née (feminine) is a French loanword used in English.

Meaning[edit]

It's typically used to denote a person's former name, e.g. "Virginia Woolf, née Stephens" or "Elliott Gould, né Goldstein". The feminine form is much commoner than the masculine since it is culturally less common a man to change his surname than for a woman to change hers, mostly by adopting her husband's surname upon marriage.

Form[edit]

Né, in French, is the past participle and past participial adjective of the verb naître, meaning "to be born". In its feminine form, it is inflected with feminine -e, as per standard French grammar. This rule is usually followed when this is loaned to English.


Né is therefore highly unusual in English that it is a gendered adjective that shows gender concord.