\ 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 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

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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

The petition came after Coburn’s nude photos, which were sent in private communication on a gay dating app, were mailed to city hall by an anonymous source. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Ousted gay Texas council member sues over recall defeat," 20 Nov. 2018 However, while Zoë is shown fully naked on the cover, Lisa's nude photos were left for inside the magazine. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Zoë Kravitz Poses Nude on the Cover of Rolling Stone, Re-creating Lisa Bonet's Cover," 29 Oct. 2018 Men used to line up after her shows to buy nude photos and DVDs. Amy Chozick, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 Because some hackers seem to have leaked even more nude pictures of him. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Drake Bell Shares His Own Nude Pic and It's Everything You Dreamt It'd Be," 30 May 2018 The photos featured plus-size women, posed in the same nude, suggestive way as Kim (and her perfume bottle). Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "The 10 Most Groundbreaking Beauty Campaigns of 2018," 22 Dec. 2018 The 23-year-old model freed the nipple and wore nothing but nude underwear underneath the dress, and completed the look with transparent heels and gold rectangular earrings. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Latest Naked Dress Barely Covers Anything," 18 Dec. 2018 The rapper also had an over-the-top baby shower, complete with 26,000 flowers, before officially welcoming Kulture into the world in July with a nude, naked Instagram post. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Cardi B Posts First Photo of Daughter Kulture In the Aftermath of Her Split With Offset," 6 Dec. 2018 Cardi announced the news the next day with a dramatic nude portrait from her pregnancy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Shares the First Picture of Baby Kulture After Announcing Separation from Offset," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some of the most sensual Renaissance nudes were also produced as sacred images. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 The indictment alleges that Greitens took a nonconsensual photo of a nude or partially nude woman in March 2015 and transmitted it in a way that could be accessed by a computer. Washington Post, "House backs Greitens probe as grand jury subpoenas staffers," 6 Mar. 2018 This classic color combo pairs perfectly with stark white and craft-toned nudes, so don't be afraid to infuse light neutrals. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 Oldenskin collects vintage nudes going back decades. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 Toffee Nudes View this post on Instagram Mellow nudes using @zoyanailpolish gorge hands courtesy of @yassstina A post shared by Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails) on Jan 10, 2017 at 9:49am PST 3. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "12 Non-Cheesy Nail Designs to Wear on Thanksgiving Day," 20 Nov. 2017 But have no fear — there are plenty of ways to make your experience taking nudes much more satisfying. Kate Sullivan, Allure, "How to Take Your Best Nude Selfie Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 For the lip kit, Kylie chose a shade of metallic copper, that appears as a more natural nude when applied. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Unveiled Her Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 Take this tweet from August 2014, for example, about sending nudes. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has a Very Long, Hilarious History of Trolling John Legend," 17 July 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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