\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 (such as pale beige or tan) 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

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


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

Investigators wrote that the probe began on April 26, when Henderson’s assistant principal reported to a school resource officer that two students had been filmed fighting in mid-April and that nude pictures were being shared by students. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Sprawling sexting probe ensnares Va. middle school," 11 May 2018 In a separate post on Tuesday, Kardashian West shared a full-frontal nude picture of herself. Mariah Haas,, "Kim Kardashian Debuts Fragrance Bottle Inspired by her Naked Form After Kanye West's Twitter Spree," 26 Apr. 2018 Among other things, Twitter adopted new policies aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online — a common bullying tactic. Darlene Superville,, "First lady to hold first public event on cyberbullying," 20 Mar. 2018 Among other things, Twitter adopted new policies aimed at protecting women who unknowingly or unwillingly had nude pictures of themselves distributed online – a common bullying tactic. Darlene Superville, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump to host cyberbullying, Internet safety event," 20 Mar. 2018 Over two thirds of the girls had been asked to send nude pictures under intense pressure., "Sexting: Is your teen under pressure to send nude selfies?," 19 Feb. 2018 Though some might enjoy the faux-nude beach look, the ensuing double take is not one most of us seek. Christine Whitney, WSJ, "The Best Alternatives to the Boring Black Swimsuit," 11 July 2018 Actually, there was another potential deal-breaker: a nude scene. Allison P. Davis, GQ, "The Bizarre Brilliance of Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in Sorry to Bother You," 3 July 2018 In one suit, immigrant children as young as 14 say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked nude in solitary confinement in a Virginia detention center. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Advocates for Migrant Children Take U.S. Government to Court Amid Horrifying Allegations," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Get yourself in that ballet state of mind with a soft pinky color pallet that includes oranges, nudes, and greys and add something pretty and loose on top for warm up and cool down, just like the real dancers do. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "The Best Fitness Gear for Whatever You're Into," 8 Jan. 2014 For moodier eye looks, there’s Punked — a smoky, velvety palette filled with nudes, mauves, and purples. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Smashbox Teamed Up with Influencer Jasmine Sanders to Launch 7 New Mini Eye Palettes," 11 July 2018 Pierre-Auguste’s adoration of women, as doting mothers and fleshy, compliant nudes, may be even harder for some to tolerate. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, "‘Renoir: Father and Son/Painting and Cinema’ Review: Creative Currents," 5 May 2018 Corrections & Amplifications Sotheby’s sold a Modigliani nude for $157 million, below the artist’s $170.4 million auction record set in 2015 at Christie’s. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Sotheby’s Sells Modigliani Nude for a Record $157 Million," 15 May 2018 His work, like that of his cocksure young protégé Egon Schiele (1890-1918)—famed for his moody, expressive portraits and raw, erotic nudes—seemed to echo the decadence of a world cursed by an inescapably dark destiny. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele’ and ‘Obsession’ Reviews: More Than Apocalyptic Visions," 9 July 2018 Thailand’s Prime Minister is never far from doting courtiers in Bangkok’s 1920s Government House, a neo-Gothic building stippled with classical nudes and one particularly plump jade Buddha. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 Pollaiuolo’s interest in the nude was inspired by antique sculpture and he may even have engaged in dissection, which Michelangelo first practiced as a teenager. Catesby Leigh, National Review, "A Genius in Draft Form," 20 Jan. 2018 Many of the paintings were nudes; the models were certainly underage. John Anderson,, "How do you solve a problem like Gauguin?," 9 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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