\ 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

Other Words from nude


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

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: Adjective Netflix's new three-part documentary chronicles the downfall of one recklessly wicked webmaster who fed his adult site with nude photos of nonconsenting subjects. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Back in 2008, two years after The Hills first premiered, nude photos of the reality star surfaced online. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 30 June 2022 The woman attempted to contact the account and was sent nude photos of her son, 14. cleveland, 13 June 2022 Sextortion, where someone threatens to distribute private material (e.g., nude photos) if their demands are not met, is also common. Stu Sjouwerman, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Screenshots of Yubo chats on other social media platforms, such as Reddit, show teenagers sexting and requesting nude photos from each other. David Ingram, NBC News, 1 June 2022 There were also nude photos of the girl on Scott’s phone, but her face was not in them. al, 1 June 2022 Facebook account was hacked, and began posting nude photos and spewing pro-Marcos propaganda. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Beauty-wise, the Poosh founder put her hair up in a slick bun with a few face-framing strands left out and tied the look together with a metallic silver eye and a nude lip. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The singer and actress marked the occasion in the nude to show off a new product. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 24 July 2022 Survey Greek urns or Roman frescoes and the answer is clear—throughout antiquity, men went swimming in the nude. Todd Plummer, WSJ, 29 June 2022 In September, Hudson posted a funny video of himself running away in the snow while in the nude. Shafiq Najib,, 3 July 2022 Nowhere is this oversight more egregious than in the episode devoted to a critique of the female nude. R.e. Hawley, The Atlantic, 10 May 2022 There were salons, poetry recitals and dances — at least one of which, to the horror of neighbors, transpired in the nude. Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 Lempicka was openly bisexual and famously painted some of her female lovers, including Rafaela Fano and Suzy Solidor, in the nude. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2022 Across the room, reclining nudes are arranged along a wall, including a 1990 male nude made of glass by Richard Jolley and an 1892 oil by Frank Duveneck of a woman stretched across what appears to be a divan. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Jan. 2022 As Spears’ comment section filled up with hateful messages, Spears’ contemporary Hilary Duff posed on the cover of Women’s Health completely in the nude. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 12 May 2022 See More

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

Kids Definition of nude

: not wearing clothes : naked

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