bare essentials

plural noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of bare essentials

: the things that are absolutely necessary
  • We only had enough room to pack the bare essentials.

Word by Word Definitions

bare play
  1. : lacking a natural, usual, or appropriate covering

  2. : lacking clothing

  3. : bareheaded

  1. : to make or lay (something) bare (see 1bare) : uncover

  1. : archaic past of bear

essential play essentials
  1. : of, relating to, or constituting essence : inherent

  2. : of the utmost importance : basic, indispensable, necessary

  3. : being a substance that is not synthesized by the body in a quantity sufficient for normal health and growth and that must be obtained from the diet — see also essential amino acid — compare nonessential 2

  1. : something basic

  2. : something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable


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