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 She's known to slather on oils and keep it au naturel all day with just a touch of cheek or lip stain and mascara. Jennifer Chan,, 13 Sep. 2021 Instead of going with ultra-long acrylics as per usual, her tips were au naturel — in both length and color. Devon Abelman, Allure, 12 Sep. 2021 Protesters pedaled into the cool night air at 9 p.m. and ended near the Tilikum Crossing for a post-ride dance party au naturel. oregonlive, 24 July 2021 Fast-forward to the following decade, when the gap-toothed gamine abandoned her heavy hand to embrace a more au naturel approach. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 14 Dec. 2020 Showing off nothing by skin, Lopez opts for an au naturel beauty look as well: fresh and dewy makeup with wet and wavy tresses. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Nov. 2020 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, 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, 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, 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of au naturel

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Sep 2021

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“Au naturel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of au naturel

: in a natural state : without anything added


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