\ 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 nude (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 First, Google was willing to disappear nude photos put online without the subject’s consent. New York Times, 10 June 2021 The laptop records showed that her phone was accessed and nude photos of her were texted from it to an unknown phone. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 The same year, Utah media reported an employee at a Verizon store there texted nude photos from a 24-year-old woman’s iPhone to himself. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 The ramifications of requesting, sharing and possessing nude photos of minors can range from reputational damage to criminal prosecution. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 5 June 2021 As with any intimate act, sharing nude photos or videos of yourself requires trust. Eric Ravenscraft, Wired, 5 June 2021 One of the women accused him of requesting nude photos in return. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 There had been nude dance events in New York before, but never in so prominent a place. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Fantastic shapes evolve, paper sculptures mingling fascinatingly with nude bodies. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Allen suggests pairing a nude with a deep brown for a natural look. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 23 May 2021 In honor of the annual celebration, which marks the start of the environmental movement in 1970, the actress posted a throwback shot of herself enjoying nature in the nude. Maria Pasquini,, 22 Apr. 2021 The Canadian Press obtained a photo of Amos standing behind a chair with Quebec and Canadian flags in the background, completely in the nude. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 In one painting, a yellow line slices the composition, bisecting a female nude. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 10 Apr. 2021 Many, during the days before the crackdown, sunned themselves and bathed in the stream in the nude, officials said. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 Samoan Sand is a true nude that appeals to those who don't need any frills or attention and love a crisp, light look. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 24 Mar. 2021 While many are ruddy-colored, as the convention dictated for a male nude, others with equally formidable muscles are pale-skinned. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 Our favorite new relationship, KenToya is stronger than ever, with Kenya going so far as to send LaToya a tasteful nude of her derrière. Chris Murphy, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Nude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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