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 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 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, 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, 19 Nov. 2019 She regularly posts pictures of her body au naturel—cellulite, rolls, and all. Samantha Lauriello,, 2 Aug. 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 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of au naturel

: in a natural state : without anything added

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