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ˈnüd How to pronounce nude (audio)
nuder; nudest
: lacking something essential especially to legal validity
a nude contract
: devoid of a natural or conventional covering
especially : not covered by clothing or a drape
: having a color that matches the wearer's skin tones
nude pantyhose
nude lipstick
: giving the appearance of nudity
a nude dress
: featuring nudes
a nude movie
: frequented by naked people
a nude beach
nude adverb
nudely adverb
nudeness noun
ˈnü-də-tē How to pronounce nude (audio)


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: a representation of a nude human figure
: a nude person
: the condition of being nude
in the nude
Choose the Right Synonym for nude

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Tapestries and paintings of monsters and nude women hung on the adobe brick walls. Jessica Testa, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Some of the most popular dating apps on the market, from Bumble to Match Group’s Hinge and Tinder, have long relied on machine learning, both to calibrate possible matches and to shield users from unsolicited nude photos, bots and fraudsters. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Her glam included a dark gray eyeshadow look, that was emphasized by her dark black eyeliner, and a peachy nude lipgloss. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Last month, the A-lister stepped out in a pair of nude mesh flats from The Row that might be the footwear equivalent of cling film—at times too finicky to put on, but still remarkably versatile. Laura Jackson, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2024 In all of the photos, Jane Doe and the other girls were clothed, but the AI application digitally removed the clothing and created new images that made the girls appear nude. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 His other cover stars included 82-year-old Miriam Margolyes, who posed nude for last year’s Pride Month issue, and a then-85-year-old Dame Judi Dench. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 As for the nude lips, Colour Riche Lip Liner in Prune and Colour Riche Original Satin in Sundance were the perfect combo. Akili King, Essence, 5 Feb. 2024 Classic nude polish lets the bright red florals shine. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024
This show highlights his serially numbered nudes, most of which are drawn in crayon on hand-toned paper. Jo Rodgers Jameson Montgomery Roxanne Fequiere Emilia Petrarca Kate Guadagnino Sophie Bew, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Some of the bathrooms have dark clawfoot soaking tubs with gold taps and nudes reclining in oil paintings above, while other bedrooms have armchairs upholstered in deep greens and reds. Elizabeth Nicholas, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 As for makeup, soft glam reigned supreme (as usual), with glowing skin and nudes spotted on the likes of Dua Lipa and Janelle Monae. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 5 Feb. 2024 The lip stain comes in 16 colors, including a good range of nudes and bold hues. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 But, imagine if you were accosted with your coworker’s nudes at the Christmas party? Vulture, 8 Jan. 2024 This pastel eye palette includes 14 greens, pinks, and neutral nudes in a variety of finishes to add some eye-catching color in your usual makeup routine. Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 26 Nov. 2023 On top of that, the lip stain comes in 16 different shades, including a good range of nudes and bold pigments like violet, fuchsia, and coral. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 The blush, which comes in eight fairly standard (but certainly pretty) shades of peach, pink, and nude, launched in April 2023 and quickly became an Allure editor favorite. Kara McGrath, Allure, 29 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History



Latin nudus naked — more at naked

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1708, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Nude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
nuder; nudest
: having no clothes on
nudeness noun


2 of 2 noun
: a nude human figure especially as shown in art
: the condition of being nude
in the nude

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