\ 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 American artist Spencer Tunick is best known for bringing hundreds — and sometimes thousands — of participants together to pose for striking mass nude photographs. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, May 13," 13 May 2020 Lopez paired the look with smoky-eye makeup and her signature glossy nude lip. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "J.Lo Spent Her Oscars Night on the Dance Floor," 10 Feb. 2020 The brother, Michael Sanchez, filed suit last week accusing Bezos of spreading false rumors about him having leaked nude photographs of Bezos to a tabloid. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "The Iowa caucus debacle is great for America’s disinformation-peddling adversaries," 5 Feb. 2020 Her makeup was soft with a smoky eye and a nude lip, with products from her own beauty line and celebrity makeup legend Pat McGrath, according to Brown’s makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan. Tanya Edwards, refinery29.com, "Millie Bobby Brown’s Manicure At The SAG Awards Was An Early 2000s Throwback," 21 Jan. 2020 Willman, through different methods of communication, requested the victim pose for nude photographs, the county Prosecutor's Office said. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Utica Eisenhower High School girls basketball coach charged with sexting player," 8 Jan. 2020 Hill resigned from office on Nov. 3 after nude photos of her surfaced, as well as news stories erupted detailing her relationship with a young female campaign staffer and an alleged relationship with a congressional staffer. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "House GOP sees California comeback opportunity in special election," 11 Apr. 2020 Her decision was influenced by the publication of her nude photos on a conservative news site without her consent. Los Angeles Times, "Democrats spend $1 million on healthcare attack ad in California House race," 6 Apr. 2020 Around the midpoint of the episode, Andi — a criminal attorney — finds a quiet corner to ponder what shooting nude photos on a reality show would mean for her career. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Looking Back, Bachelor Contestants Weren’t The Only Ones Fooled By Juan Pablo’s Two-Word Catchphrase," 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ford Bailey William Bailey, whose pristine, idealized still lifes and female nudes made him one of the leading figures in the return of figurative art in the 1980s, died on April 13 at his home in Branford, Conn. William Grimes, New York Times, "William Bailey, Modernist Figurative Painter, Dies at 89," 18 Apr. 2020 Colors: Lots of high contrast combinations, bold, moody, and deep colors, balanced by softer nudes. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History of Art Deco Design," 16 Mar. 2020 The symbolic '8' was drawn with the shade Goldissima from the brand's metallic nudes collection. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "The Sparkly Symbolism Behind Lizzo’s Diamond Grammys Mani," 26 Jan. 2020 Even if Kaylen Ward wasn’t raising money for charity, her choice to sell her nudes, a decision made by an adult woman, is no one’s business but her own. Sara Li, Teen Vogue, "“Naked Philanthropist” Kaylen Ward Said She Raised $1 Million For Australian Bushfire Relief," 9 Jan. 2020 While the collection has pretty nudes, pinks, and reds, there are also bold colors like a deep green eyeshadow and metallic burgundy lipgloss. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Lady Gaga Just Dropped Sparkly, Holiday-Perfect Makeup on Amazon, Including Lipstick and Eyeshadow," 12 Dec. 2019 Choose from a whopping 30 shades, which break down into four categories: nudes, brights, darks, and seasonal colors. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Pat McGrath Labs Seriously Dropped Lipstick Prices for Cyber Monday 2019," 2 Dec. 2019 All of it—nudes, texts with old flames, old Halloween costumes, angry emails, tasteless college jokes—just waiting to be mined and distributed into the court of public opinion. Charlotte Alter, Time, "Katie Hill is the First Millennial Lawmaker to Resign Because of Nudes. She Won't Be the Last," 30 Oct. 2019 Amplified ponytails, bombshell hair, monochromatic nudes and sleek center parts were just some of the hottest beauty trends at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Stars Got Red Carpet Ready with Hair, Makeup and Manicures," 23 Sep. 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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19 May 2020

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“Nude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nude. Accessed 24 May. 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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