au naturel

au na·​tu·​rel | \ ˌō-ˌna-tə-ˈrel How to pronounce au naturel (audio) , -ˌna-chə- \

Definition of au naturel

1 : cooked or served plainly
2a : being in natural style or condition
b : nude

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Examples of au naturel in a Sentence

She wears makeup for special occasions, but otherwise prefers an au naturel look. for vacationers who prefer to be au naturel, the tropical resort features a secluded, private beach
Recent Examples on the Web In Botswana, the researchers painted hundreds of cows with eyespots, others with two cross marks and left a third group au naturel. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Painting Eyes on Cow Butts Could Save Cattle and Lion Lives," 20 Aug. 2020 Of course, pledging to keep an au naturel makeup routine isn't the first beauty-look declaration Spears has made while at home amid quarantine. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Speaks Out About Why She Loves an Au Naturel Beauty Look," 21 July 2020 Desus and Mero aren’t the only ones showing up on late-night TV a little more au naturel. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Desus & Mero Adapt to Life in Quarantine," 7 Apr. 2020 The photo in question shows Styles au naturel and in repose on a yellow background, crossing his legs with his feet propped up in some sort of heart sculpture. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Good Evening To No One But This Nude Photo of Harry Styles," 5 Dec. 2019 Snack on a package of mastic tears to continue the island’s millennia-old tradition of chewing mastiha au naturel. Margarita Gokun Silver, National Geographic, "This healing plant grows on only one Greek island," 19 Nov. 2019 She regularly posts pictures of her body au naturel—cellulite, rolls, and all. Samantha Lauriello,, "Will the Instagram 'Like Ban' Reduce Anxiety? Here’s What Experts Think," 2 Aug. 2019 Officials at Emerald Lake Resort, Montgomery County’s lone nudist resort, are gearing up for the annual celebration of au naturel fun as National Nude Recreation Week — celebrated this year from July 7 to July 14 — begins Sunday. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Local nudist resort sees influx of new members, faces development challenges," 5 July 2019 Then, Sarah Hyland shared an au naturel selfie of her own in response. Samantha Lauriello,, "Sarah Hyland’s Natural Hair Is on Full Display in This No-Makeup Selfie," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of au naturel

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Au naturel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of au naturel

: in a natural state : without anything added

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