nud·​ism | \ ˈnü-ˌdi-zəm How to pronounce nudism (audio) , ˈnyü-\

Definition of nudism

: the practice of going nude especially in sexually mixed groups and during periods of time spent at specially secluded places

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nudist \ ˈnü-​dist How to pronounce nudist (audio) , ˈnyü-​ \ adjective or noun

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Fewer people have been joining the clubs over the past decade because nudism is mainly popular with generations that are aging and has failed to gain traction with millennials, according to AANR spokeswoman Mary Kolassa. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "‘SpongeBob NoPants’ and body paint: Halloween offers Seattle-area nudists chance to celebrate amid fading popularity," 26 Oct. 2018 Several nudists have launched hashtag campaigns to bring awareness to nudism. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "How Twitter Became The Number One Social Network For Nudists," 13 July 2018 The visitors adjourned to the car to collect a camera, returned to see nudism in full force. Jamie Hale,, "The Oregonian visited the state's first nudist colony in 1935 -- and got an eyeful," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of nudism

1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of nudism

: the practice of not wearing any clothes especially in private places (such as camps or beaches) that are separated from public areas

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