\ ˈnüd How to pronounce nude (audio) , ˈnyüd \
nuder; nudest

Definition of nude

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lacking something essential especially to legal validity a nude contract
2a : devoid of a natural or conventional covering especially : not covered by clothing or a drape
b(1) : having a color that matches the wearer's skin tones nude pantyhose nude lipstick
(2) : giving the appearance of nudity a nude dress
c : featuring nudes a nude movie
d : frequented by naked people a nude beach



Definition of nude (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a representation of a nude human figure
b : a nude person
2 : the condition of being nude in the nude

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Other Words from nude


nude adverb
nudely adverb
nudeness noun
nudity \ ˈnü-​də-​tē How to pronounce nudity (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ noun

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bare, naked, nude, bald, barren mean deprived of naturally or conventionally appropriate covering. bare implies the removal of what is additional, superfluous, ornamental, or dispensable. an apartment with bare walls naked suggests absence of protective or ornamental covering but may imply a state of nature, of destitution, or of defenselessness. poor half-naked children nude applies especially to the unclothed human figure. a nude model posing for art students bald implies actual or seeming absence of natural covering and may suggest a conspicuous bareness. a bald mountain peak barren often suggests aridity or impoverishment or sterility. barren plains

Examples of nude in a Sentence

Adjective The artists sketched the nude model. Picasso's paintings of nude art models. Noun the nudes of Greek sculpture the artist painted some models in the nude
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Then Stevens had to spend days on the set with the nude doppelgangers. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How Dan Stevens brought out his singing beast to rule Netflix's 'Eurovision Song Contest'," 26 June 2020 Hilliard had been discovered secretly recording nude videos of unsuspecting females, including minor and adult guests, aboard his yacht, said a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Western District Office in Charlotte. Michael Banks Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, al, "Man gets 35 years in prison for filming girls on yacht in Alabama, Carolinas," 25 June 2020 The makeup mogul's sultry look included a bronze smokey eye and a nude lip. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off New Blonde Hair While Modeling Gucci Lingerie," 24 June 2020 Without an official gathering this year, nude cyclists might not receive that same protection. oregonlive, "World Naked Bike Ride Day encourages individual acts of nude protest in Portland," 23 June 2020 Amy Schumer and Whitney Cummings have spoken out about their role in the comedy community after fellow comedian, Chris D’Elia, was accused of asking for nude photos and other inappropriate behaviour with underage girls. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Amy Schumer Shares Phone Number To Offer Support In Response To Chris D’Elia Allegations," 22 June 2020 Singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Julia Louis Dreyfus also have nude photos from Seliger featured in the auction. cleveland, "Nude portraits of Jennifer Aniston, Lenny Kravitz auctioned off for COVID-19 relief," 3 June 2020 Several teen-agers emerged from the entrance, their pant cuffs rolled up, nude mannequins under their arms. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 Two officers responded and found a nude man, later identified as Leslie, in the street, the police said. NBC News, "Her son was killed by police. Then she won the right to teach new cops.," 14 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The painting depicts a nude Zapata wearing high heels and a pink, broad-brimmed hat, straddling a horse. NBC News, "In Mexico, controversy over effeminate Emiliano Zapata painting," 11 Dec. 2019 The painting depicts a nude Zapata wearing high heels and a pink, broad-brimmed hat, straddling a horse. Washington Post, "In Mexico, effeminate Zapata painting draws fury," 11 Dec. 2019 Ford Bailey William Bailey, whose pristine, idealized still lifes and female nudes made him one of the leading figures in the return of figurative art in the 1980s, died on April 13 at his home in Branford, Conn. William Grimes, New York Times, "William Bailey, Modernist Figurative Painter, Dies at 89," 18 Apr. 2020 Colors: Lots of high contrast combinations, bold, moody, and deep colors, balanced by softer nudes. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History of Art Deco Design," 16 Mar. 2020 The symbolic '8' was drawn with the shade Goldissima from the brand's metallic nudes collection. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The Sparkly Symbolism Behind Lizzo’s Diamond Grammys Mani," 26 Jan. 2020 Even if Kaylen Ward wasn’t raising money for charity, her choice to sell her nudes, a decision made by an adult woman, is no one’s business but her own. Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "“Naked Philanthropist” Kaylen Ward Said She Raised $1 Million For Australian Bushfire Relief," 9 Jan. 2020 While the collection has pretty nudes, pinks, and reds, there are also bold colors like a deep green eyeshadow and metallic burgundy lipgloss. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Lady Gaga Just Dropped Sparkly, Holiday-Perfect Makeup on Amazon, Including Lipstick and Eyeshadow," 12 Dec. 2019 Choose from a whopping 30 shades, which break down into four categories: nudes, brights, darks, and seasonal colors. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs Seriously Dropped Lipstick Prices for Cyber Monday 2019," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of nude


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nude


Latin nudus naked — more at naked

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The first known use of nude was in the 15th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Nude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nude. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nude

: a painting, sculpture, etc., that shows a nude person
\ ˈnüd How to pronounce nude (audio) , ˈnyüd \
nuder; nudest

Kids Definition of nude

: not wearing clothes : naked

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