\ 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

Some of the women's conduct was limited to performing a topless or nude massage while Mr. Epstein masturbated himself. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Facts about the wealthy financier facing child sex trafficking charges," 11 July 2019 Though Pink had scribbled out her son’s nude bottom in the picture, trolls still went after her — forcing her to get defensive. Claudia Harmata,, "Pink Blasts the 'Parenting Police' in Sassy Instagram Post of Her Kids," 11 July 2019 Stand-Up Nudes includes three universally flattering and equally classic nude shades with varying undertones: Pink Truffle, Blushing Mauve, and Rum Raisin. Marci Robin, Allure, "Revlon’s New Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Lipstick Collection Is Perfect for Lovers of Retro Makeup Looks," 11 July 2019 The charges filed against Mr. Epstein on Monday, along with the discovery of hundreds of nude images of young women or girls at his New York residence, have created an angry public debate over Mr. Acosta’s role in the original plea deal. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "Acosta Defends His Role in Brokering Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal," 10 July 2019 This adage is particularly relevant for DeepNude, software that uses AI to create fake nude images of women. James Vincent, The Verge, "Copies of AI deepfake app DeepNude are easily accessible online — and always will be," 3 July 2019 In one part of the video, actress Angelina Duplisea is seen laying nude on a couch, while fanning herself. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Signs Miley Cyrus's "Mother's Daughter" Is the Ultimate Feminist Anthem," 2 July 2019 Nelson observed a child changing clothes and saw her nude on one occasion, the suit adds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When landlords prey on fear of eviction to coerce sex from tenants," 30 June 2019 An officer pretended to be a customer on June 3, and an employee stripped completely nude to give him a massage. Lavendrick Smith, Dallas News, "Woman who police say ran Dallas brothel disguised as massage parlor arrested again," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

DeepNude was taught to create convincing nudes using 10,000 naked images. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Creator kills app that uses AI to fake naked images of women," 30 June 2019 DeepNude was taught to create convincing nudes using 10,000 naked images. The Washington Post,, "Creator deep-sixes DeepNude, app that undressed women (but not men) in photos," 28 June 2019 How could the world ever be ready for an app whose sole and explicit purpose is to transform regular photos of women into nudes within seconds? Sigal Samuel, Vox, "A guy made a deepfake app to turn photos of women into nudes. It didn’t go well.," 27 June 2019 Coupled with her signature makeup palette (think nudes and sky-reaching lashes) West's entire presence demanded attention—a winning approach, as the issues of the day were critical to society. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Puts a Directional Twist on Political Hair," 14 June 2019 The lipsticks are sure to become a favorite amongst many for their gorgeous hues and deep unique nudes. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "8 Black Owned Lip Brands Worth Running Your Mouth About," 6 June 2019 The choice of contrasting brights was an unusual one for the Duchess, as she can normally be seen in a more understated and demure color palette of nudes, black and navy—particularly when on official royal duties. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Bright Purple and Red Look Had a Sweet Connection to Princess Diana," 15 Jan. 2019 That seems to be the chief complaint about Renoir these days: that his works are too saccharine, too generically whimsical, the nudes too fleshy and unable or unwilling to express anything other than their own sensuality. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "Hatred for Renoir's art is reaching all-time levels. Is it really justified?," 28 June 2019 As the artist aged, his increasingly artificial nudes resembled the overwrought productions of an obsessive lech. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 2019

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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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