\ 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

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 Classmates at her school shared a nude photo of her on social media. Joaquin Palomino, SFChronicle.com, "Amid historic shifts in juvenile justice, some counties lock up kids for treatment," 29 Dec. 2019 The women and girls are of various ethnicities and frequently nude or partly clothed. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Sea of Change’ exhibition sets the voyage on a different course," 6 Dec. 2019 Reports also did not offer an explanation for why the suspect was nude. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Nude Ohio man makes dash from scene of car crash, police say," 13 Nov. 2019 In one image, Hill is nude and appears to be brushing the woman’s hair. Katie Reilly, Time, "Rep. Katie Hill Admits Relationship With Campaign Staffer as House Ethics Committee Launches Investigation," 24 Oct. 2019 In an affidavit filed with the court, FBI agent Tripp Godbee said another agent working undercover was monitoring groups on the mobile app Kik when a man logged in last Wednesday and Thursday and began sharing nude photos of a teenage girl. Washington Post, "Army major in Georgia jailed on federal child porn charge," 9 Dec. 2019 The ensuing investigation uncovered other victims, along with nude photos of other girls. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Palm Beach Post seeks Epstein grand jury record.," 3 Dec. 2019 As recently as last month, Bark, a company that monitors the content on kids' phones for parents and alerts them to things like sending nude photos, captured video of a 15-year-old girl using Holla. Anchorage Daily News, "Apple got more than 1,500 complaints of unwanted sexual approaches on social networking apps," 22 Nov. 2019 The freshman lawmaker, who identifies as bisexual, became embroiled in controversy earlier this month after a conservative news site and British tabloid published nude photos of Hill without her consent. BostonGlobe.com, "Michelle Obama targets ‘white flight’ in Chicago," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most of her sculptures are nudes, but with an otherworldly twist. Daily Pilot, "From her living room to the Louvre, Kira sculpts ‘with her heart, not her eyes’," 12 Sep. 2019 The reality is my nude is not the same as my mother’s nude. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "BET Launches A Digital Series Exploring Issues In The Beauty Industry," 27 Sep. 2019 The figure is one of the monumental nudes, or ignudi, whose twisting poses ornament the trompe-l’oeil architectural framework surrounding the Old Testament scenes that form the backbone of the ceiling. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Michelangelo’s genius revealed in ‘Mind of the Master’ at Cleveland Museum of Art," 22 Sep. 2019 For her first Hot Lips collection, Tilbury paid homage to influential stars like Kim Kardashian-West, Miranda Kerr, and more, with each lipstick designed after their signature lip color (i.e. everyone knows Kim K. loves her pinky-nudes). Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Charlotte Tilbury Is Launching a Second Hot Lips Collection," 18 June 2019 The day that my communications director ran into my office and showed me the nudes and private text messages that had been published on a right-wing website called Red State, everything came crashing down. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Katie Hill recounts contemplating suicide after resigning from Congress in new op-ed," 7 Dec. 2019 Jacques Driscoll said the calendar name, Tasteful Noods (nudes as noodles), is a play on words and hashtag that started years ago reference the restaurant's signature noodle dishes. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Naked ramen makers pose for calendar to benefit animal care," 14 Nov. 2019 Hill’s nudes, including one of her combing her campaign staffer’s hair while naked, were leaked to a conservative blog and to the Daily Mail, which forced Hill to admit to the affair and apologize. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Katie Hill is the First Millennial Lawmaker to Resign Because of Nudes. She Won't Be the Last," 30 Oct. 2019 After searching Williams’ Washington Street home on Monday morning, police arrested Williams and charged him with secretly recording a child under the age of 18 in the nude or partially nude, officials said. Abigail Feldman, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley man charged with taking inappropriate recording of minor," 22 July 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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The first known use of nude was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2020

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“Nude.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nude?fb_comment_id=10150163999425110_10154017510275110. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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