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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Here, 4 essentials for getting the au naturel nails of your dreams. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Her Engagement Ring—And a Bridal Manicure Trend in the Making," 22 Feb. 2019 And from full-on battle mode to hacking behind a computer screen au naturel, Foy’s chameleonic beauty is proving to be as nuanced as her portrayal of the Nordic noir character. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Girl in the Spider’s Web," 10 Oct. 2018 The 39-year-old actress and activist celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, posting a stunning photo and video of herself -- both au naturel -- on Instagram. Fox News, "Rosario Dawson posts nude selfie video for 39th birthday," 11 May 2018 The photo shows her seemingly au naturel on a chaise lounge, breastfeeding Miles, who's covered with a baby blanket. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Issued Her Best Clapback Yet After Sharing This Breastfeeding Pic," 7 July 2018 Many took to Twitter to share their support of the Kylie Cosmetics mogul's decision to go au naturel. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Removed Her Lip Filler," 9 July 2018 The medical literature has actually tackled this abiding hair question with studies directly comparing the hair regrowth among shavers versus au naturel growth for some 100 years. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Fact or Fiction?: If You Shave (or Wax), Your Hair Will Come Back Thicker," 26 Aug. 2014 Cardi B has gone au naturel -- at least for the moment. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Pregnant Cardi B Shows Makeup-Free Face and Natural Hair in New Selfie," 2 May 2018 In 2009, following the example of Christopher McDougall and his barefoot-running manifesto, Born to Run, devotees were debating whether to purchase a pair of Vibram FiveFingers or just be a full-on savage and go au naturel from the ankles down. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "Do New "Energy Return" Shoes Put Pep in Your Step?," 18 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'au naturel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of au naturel

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for au naturel


Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about au naturel

Dictionary Entries near au naturel




au naturel



Aung San Suu Kyi

Statistics for au naturel

Last Updated

25 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for au naturel

The first known use of au naturel was in 1817

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for au naturel

au naturel


English Language Learners Definition of au naturel

: in a natural state : without anything added

More from Merriam-Webster on au naturel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with au naturel

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for au naturel

Comments on au naturel

What made you want to look up au naturel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to speak slightingly about or to degrade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Vocabulary Quiz Returns!

  • stylized drawing of woman pole vaulting across gap to get trophy
  • Which is a synonym of fuliginous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!