\ 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 On Thursday, the fashion and beauty mogul promoted her SKIMS Summer Mesh collection by posting a behind-the-scenes photo of herself wearing a nude bodysuit from the line teamed up lace-up stilettos. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian Is Now Exercising in a Bikini: See Her Wild 'Quarantine Workout' Photos," 22 May 2020 The two toddlers posed in front of a camera in matching nude sweatsuits, and both coordinated their outfits with a pair of Yeezy slides and Bantu knots. Nandi Howard, Essence, "This Family Is Breaking The Internet With Their Color-Coordinated Outfits," 22 May 2020 Witness 29 told investigators coaches knew the partially nude tosses were happening but tried not to observe them. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "What you need to know about Kentucky's cheerleading hazing investigation," 20 May 2020 But the heroic nude in Moufarrege’s embroidery is not under attack. New York Times, "Word + Quiz: sanguinary," 19 May 2020 Le Girls has two showrooms, one for topless entertainment and one for nude entertainment. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "This Arizona strip club opened with restaurants. Thanks to a loophole, that may be fine," 14 May 2020 But last October, Hill resigned amid a nude photo scandal and accusations by her estranged husband of an inappropriate relationship with a staffer. Fox News, "Navy vet mocked by Dem rival may help California GOP capture Katie Hill's former House seat," 8 May 2020 Zoom, which has experienced explosive growth during the pandemic, has come under fire for security flaws that allow random people to hijack rooms and fill it with hate speech or nude or violent images. Danielle Abril, Fortune, "Facebook debuts Zoom-like video chat feature called Messenger Rooms," 24 Apr. 2020 Use the nude gold powder as a highlighter, contour powder, or for all-over shimmer. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About MAC's Selena La Reina Makeup Collection," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The painting depicts a nude Zapata wearing high heels and a pink, broad-brimmed hat, straddling a horse. NBC News, "In Mexico, controversy over effeminate Emiliano Zapata painting," 11 Dec. 2019 The painting depicts a nude Zapata wearing high heels and a pink, broad-brimmed hat, straddling a horse. Washington Post, "In Mexico, effeminate Zapata painting draws fury," 11 Dec. 2019 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

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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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2 Jun 2020

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“Nude.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nude. Accessed 6 Jun. 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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