\ 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 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

Not unlike the youthful, sporty styles synonymous with the referential decade of the moment, Jenner brought the look home with a nude lip and glossy dark nails. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Solidifies WAG Status With Courtside 76ers Seats—And Major Throwback Hair," 2 Jan. 2019 Along with Electra, Linnetz has also shot nude images of Lady Gaga, which were shared on Instagram, according to People magazine. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Carmen Electra poses nude for shoot with photographer Eli Russell Linnetz," 19 Sep. 2018 And when Prince Harry finally lifted Meghan’s veil, every beauty editor sat stunned at the reveal—because Meghan Markle looked, very awesomely, exactly like her gorgeous self, with the same freckles, dewy skin, and nude lip as usual. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Thanked Meghan Markle's Wedding Makeup Artist for Making Her Look Like Herself," 8 Aug. 2018 According to the study's research portal, Walker is seeking the nude images from men over the age of 22. Josh Magness, kansascity, "This professor wants to see pictures of your penis — for science," 26 June 2018 To look like a video model circa 2001 — at least to me — means perfect, dewy skin, a nude lip punctuated by dark lip liner, and warm tones to highlight the cheeks. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "How to Look Perfect in the Summer," 21 June 2018 New Jersey authorities say detectives also allegedly found more than 10 nude images of an underage girl on Beckwith’s phone. Washington Post, "Ex-Air Force captain sentenced to 5 years in child sex case," 20 June 2018 She's been rocking smoky eyes, long hair, and nude lips to events and red carpet appearances for over a decade., "Mila Kunis Just Debuted A New Haircut — But Is It Legit?," 21 May 2018 With her help, police arrested three men for sharing nude images of a then-15-year-old girl last month. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Meet Badass, the Grassroots Activists Hitting Revenge Porn Where It Lives," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Some of the most sensual Renaissance nudes were also produced as sacred images. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Renaissance Nude’ Review: The Body, Sacred and Sensual," 14 Nov. 2018 The indictment alleges that Greitens took a nonconsensual photo of a nude or partially nude woman in March 2015 and transmitted it in a way that could be accessed by a computer. Washington Post, "House backs Greitens probe as grand jury subpoenas staffers," 6 Mar. 2018 This classic color combo pairs perfectly with stark white and craft-toned nudes, so don't be afraid to infuse light neutrals. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 Oldenskin collects vintage nudes going back decades. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s appearance before Congress will mark a turning point for its CEO," 5 Dec. 2018 Toffee Nudes View this post on Instagram Mellow nudes using @zoyanailpolish gorge hands courtesy of @yassstina A post shared by Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails) on Jan 10, 2017 at 9:49am PST 3. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "12 Non-Cheesy Nail Designs to Wear on Thanksgiving Day," 20 Nov. 2017 But have no fear — there are plenty of ways to make your experience taking nudes much more satisfying. Kate Sullivan, Allure, "How to Take Your Best Nude Selfie Ever," 20 Aug. 2018 For the lip kit, Kylie chose a shade of metallic copper, that appears as a more natural nude when applied. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Unveiled Her Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 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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