au naturel

au na·​tu·​rel | \ˌō-ˌna-tə-ˈrel, -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

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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 The beach attracts its fair share of those who prefer to frolic au naturel. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect (Long) Weekend in St. Barts," 16 Apr. 2018 Victoria's Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel, who's expecting her second child, stripped down for a completely au naturel maternity photo on Instagram today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria's Secret Model Candice Swanepoel Shared a Nude Maternity Photo and It's Stunning," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of au naturel

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of au naturel

: in a natural state : without anything added

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