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    Cool adjectives like "née"

    Hi,

    née is an adjective which is exclusively used for feminine gender, right?
    Are there any other adjectives like this?


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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    Hi.
    you are right. it means 'born' and used for femnine but it is used before the maiden name of a married woman like Mrs. Ruth Jones, née Smith.
    I dont think there is another such adj. ıf you find please tell me :) ı would like to know. bye

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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    née is the past participle of naitre-to be born which is French.
    né would be the masculine form but in the way it is used in English it's obviously used in the feminine form, since it is the woman who changes the surname on getting married.

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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    Quote Originally Posted by ieasy View Post
    Hi,
    née is an adjective which is exclusively used for feminine gender, right?
    Are there any other adjectives like this?
    In another thread (https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ghlight=blonde)
    I suggested that blonde was and that naïve might be in some dialects, though my assertion was not unopposed.

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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In another thread (https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ghlight=blonde)
    I suggested that blonde was and that naïve might be in some dialects, though my assertion was not unopposed.
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    That thread came to my mind as well.
    He waited every day for his big ugly blond torturer to return to his cell.
    Certainly you went out of your way to make it seem impossible!
    What about 'I saw this gorgeous, blond guy coming towards me....'
    blond /blɒnd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[blond] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, -er, -est, noun
    –adjective 1. (of hair, skin, etc.) light-colored: the child's soft blond curls.
    2. (of a person) having light-colored hair and skin.
    3. (of furniture wood) light in tone.
    blonde /blɒnd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[blond] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
    –adjective 1. (of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.
    –noun 2. a woman or girl having this coloration.
    On the other hand you can hardly ever say Mr. Smith né Jones!

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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    No, you're right - given a patrilineal society, just ain't gonna happen!

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    Re: adjectives like "née"

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    That thread came to my mind as well.
    He waited every day for his big ugly blond torturer to return to his cell.
    Certainly you went out of your way to make it seem impossible!
    What about 'I saw this gorgeous, blond guy coming towards me....'
    blond /blɒnd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[blond] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation adjective, -er, -est, noun
    –adjective 1. (of hair, skin, etc.) light-colored: the child's soft blond curls.
    2. (of a person) having light-colored hair and skin.
    3. (of furniture wood) light in tone.
    blonde /blɒnd/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[blond] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
    –adjective 1. (of a woman or girl) having fair hair and usually fair skin and light eyes.
    –noun 2. a woman or girl having this coloration.
    On the other hand you can hardly ever say Mr. Smith né Jones!
    Sorry if I seemed to ignore the main part of your post, queenbu - . Those definitions agree with my intuitions -

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