au naturel

adjective

au na·​tu·​rel ˌō-ˌna-tə-ˈrel How to pronounce au naturel (audio)
-ˌna-chə-
1
: cooked or served plainly
2
a
: being in natural style or condition
b
: nude

Example Sentences

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 Ignore the haters and get inspired by your favorite celebrities without makeup, going fresh-faced and au naturel on Instagram — #NoMakeup selfies, right this way. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, 21 Nov. 2022 Prefer to go au naturel with your grooming regimen? Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 19 Nov. 2022 But in reality, that kind of au naturel casting is only possible during a narrow season in specific environments. Ryan Wichelns, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 Summer is a great time to go au naturel on the manicure front. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 But the chances of being photographed au naturel have grown considerably. Matt Stevens, New York Times, 1 June 2022 But for general use, dyed eggs work just as well as au naturel eggs in the following recipes and dishes. Casey Barber, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 They’ve all shared apparently au naturel images too, their faces stripped of Instagram’s typical high gloss. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 The real reason for its existence isn’t to be a forum for serious discussion, but to spring au naturel men and women on innocent people. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

French

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of au naturel was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Au naturel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/au%20naturel. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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