\ ˈnüd , 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 (such as pale beige or tan) 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, ˈnyü- \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for nude

Synonyms: Adjective

bare, disrobed, naked, stripped, unclad, unclothed, undressed

Synonyms: Noun

altogether, bareness, buff, nakedness, nudity, raw

Antonyms: Adjective

appareled (or apparelled), attired, clad, clothed, dressed, garbed, invested, robed, suited

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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


The artists sketched the nude model. Picasso's paintings of nude art models.


the nudes of Greek sculpture the artist painted some models in the nude
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

His nearly 3,000 followers respond by faving, retweeting and frequently sharing nude photos of their own. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "How Twitter Became The Number One Social Network For Nudists," 13 July 2018 In another, the couple appears to be fully nude while JAY-Z cradles his wife in his arms. Maria Pasquini,, "Do Beyoncé and JAY-Z Pose Nude in New On the Run II Tour Book Photos?," 11 June 2018 Each figure is nearly nude, demeaningly donned with a piece of cloth that barely covers their genitalia. Erica Ayisi, The Root, "Lynching Memorial: Ghanaian Artist Hopes Sculpture Captures Shared Pain Between African Americans and the Motherland," 7 May 2018 Many female stars have been targets of nude photo leaks, including Jennifer Lawrence and Lindsey Vonn. Anna Millard,, "Hacker Charged For Breaking Into Selena Gomez's Emails," 14 July 2018 The motion by prosecutors said that the law applies to people who regularly appear nude at a particular establishment, but that Clifford had not appeared at the club consistently., "Charges dropped against Stormy Daniels in strip club arrest," 13 July 2018 Kardashian’s arm is covered in different shades of brown and black, and there are even a few swipes of what looks like nude and golden options. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Teased a Possible KKW Beauty Eyeliner Launch on Instagram," 12 July 2018 As for her makeup, Patrick Ta traded Ariana's usual black cat-eye in favor of a neutral eyeshadow, mile-long lashes, and high-shine nude gloss. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wears Loose Blonde Hairstyle for Elle," 11 July 2018 Markle wore the ensemble with nude heels and a matching black fascinator for programming to honor the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Cady Lang, Time, "Meghan Markle Changed Her Outfit Five Times In 24 Hours," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Corrections & Amplifications Sotheby’s sold a Modigliani nude for $157 million, below the artist’s $170.4 million auction record set in 2015 at Christie’s. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Sotheby’s Sells Modigliani Nude for a Record $157 Million," 15 May 2018 His work, like that of his cocksure young protégé Egon Schiele (1890-1918)—famed for his moody, expressive portraits and raw, erotic nudes—seemed to echo the decadence of a world cursed by an inescapably dark destiny. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’ and ‘Obsession’ Reviews: More Than Apocalyptic Visions," 9 July 2018 Thailand’s Prime Minister is never far from doting courtiers in Bangkok’s 1920s Government House, a neo-Gothic building stippled with classical nudes and one particularly plump jade Buddha. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 Pollaiuolo’s interest in the nude was inspired by antique sculpture and he may even have engaged in dissection, which Michelangelo first practiced as a teenager. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 2018 Many of the paintings were nudes; the models were certainly underage. John Anderson,, "How do you solve a problem like Gauguin?," 9 July 2018 The sheer restraint of the palette of powdery shades against nudes also harked back to a time, before the proliferation of bright colors in the 1960s, where designers still preferred subtle hues. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 What makes people uncomfortable about Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s late, fleshy nudes is their blatantly voyeuristic quality. Thomas Hine,, "At Barnes, two Renoirs - father and son - share one show, diminishing the impact of both," 3 May 2018 The shades all hover in the pinky-nude, your-lips-but-Dior territory. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Launched A Less-Expensive Beauty Line Called Backstage—We Have All the Details," 29 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of nude

: a painting, sculpture, etc., that shows a nude person


\ ˈnüd , ˈnyüd \
nuder; nudest

Kids Definition of nude

: not wearing clothes : naked

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the setting in which something occurs

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