\ 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 nudity (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


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

And a lawsuit filed earlier this year alleged that Latino youths at the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in Virginia were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells. Garance Burke, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass shelters," 19 Dec. 2018 This is hardly the first time the star has opted to pose nude on social media. Fox News, "Lena Dunham poses nude to commemorate the 9 month anniversary of her hysterectomy," 15 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, deputies in South Carolina had found an unidentified woman whose nude body was dumped in the woods beside I-85 in May 1998, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son," 6 Feb. 2019 Both the First Amendment and the free speech provision of the Georgia Constitution protect nude dancing as a form of expressive conduct, Grant added. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Court: Sandy Springs can ban alcohol sales at strip clubs," 19 June 2018 Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jason Segel is nude and has a puppet musical and is in a love triangle. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Quiz: Are These Popular Movies Technically Romantic Comedies?," 11 Feb. 2019 More photos in the feature show Kourtney getting even barer, posing completely nude atop a counter or sprawled out on the floor. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kourtney Kardashian Is Totally Pantless on the Cover of GQ Mexico," 27 Nov. 2018 Although the brunette has a thing for deep side parts and Old Hollywood tousled waves, today's style, finished off with a swipe of nude lip gloss, definitely ups the ante on winter beauty. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Perfects the Snow Day Blowout at Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower," 20 Feb. 2019 Nina just walked down the 2019 Grammys red carpet solo in a nude full length gown. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Why Nina Dobrev Walked the 2019 Grammys Red Carpet Without Her New BF Grant Mellon," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Amazon boss is accusing the Enquirer and its chief executive, David Pecker, of blackmailing him using intimate texts between him and Sanchez, including partial male nudes. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019 Stout is describing the setup of her latest Girl lamps—large-scale ceramic nudes that seemingly walked out of a salty claymation—which are now on view at Design Miami. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 There are five nudes, including a rich bronze Chocolate Geode shade, which looks even darker than Becca’s deepest highlighter of the same name, and will actually look like a nude on those with deep skin tones. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca’s New Lip Glosses Are As Glowy As Your Favorite Highlighter," 10 Apr. 2018 Barre Class — ballet pinks mixed with greys, nudes, and oranges in body-hugging silhouettes with loose layers on top. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "The Best Fitness Gear for Whatever You're Into," 8 Jan. 2014 When the couple launched Too Faced in the late 1990s, the beauty landscape was composed of tasteful nudes, somber browns, and minimalist packaging. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Maximalist Dream Home of Two California Beauty Gurus," 6 Feb. 2019 Packaged in an adorable brown tin with pretend icing piped details, the Ginger Spice Eyeshadow Palette contains 18 shades of delicate nudes, rich shimmers, and brilliant mattes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "What Too Faced’s Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette Looks Like on 19 Different Skin Tones," 9 Nov. 2018 For her last few releases, Kylie Jenner has strayed away from the crazy bold colors Kylie Cosmetics is known for and has been mostly been adding to her range of nudes. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "6 Girls Tried Kylie Jenner's New Purple Lip Kit and This is What Happened," 7 Sep. 2016 Huda Beauty's fans asked for nudes, and the brand most definitely delivered, by way of its newest launch, the New Nudes Palette. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Huda Beauty's New Nudes Eye Shadow Palette Has The Most Sparkly Nudes We've Seen," 1 Oct. 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 How to pronounce nude (audio) , ˈnyüd\
nuder; nudest

Kids Definition of nude

: not wearing clothes : naked

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