\ 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


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

A decade ago, three national team players resorted to posing for nude photos in an effort to draw attention to their low profile. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France’s Men Won the World Cup Last Summer. Its Women Want a Title to Match.," 6 June 2019 The issue is that Neymar appears to have broadcast nude photos of this woman online without her permission, which can lead to a prison sentence of between one and five years., "Neymar Seen 'Acting Aggressively' Before Alleged Sexual Assault Incident," 4 June 2019 On Wednesday morning, in honor of hitting that milestone, the actor and writer shared a series of nude photos on Instagram. Andrea Park, SELF, "Lena Dunham Celebrates the 9-Month Anniversary of Her Hysterectomy With a Heartfelt Instagram Post," 15 Aug. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex went for a metallic brocade shift dress with a white Amanda Wakeley coat and nude pumps, while the Duchess of Cambridge opted for a light blue button front dress, reportedly by a private dressmaker. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Prince William, and Prince Harry Gather in Buckingham Palace," 5 Mar. 2019 Many of the images on these sites showed nude women and asked visitors to enter credit card numbers to proceed. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Already facing an uphill misinformation fight, Facebook loses to scammers, too," 16 Oct. 2018 The rest of her outfit was a lot more luxe: Her coat was from Emporio Armani, her leather pencil skirt was from Hugo Boss, and her nude pumps were from Stuart Weitzman. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Loves & Other Stories As Much As You Do," 3 Oct. 2018 At the top of that list is the ubiquitous nude, patent-leather platform pump. Christine Lennon, WSJ, "Why the Shiny Nude Pump Must Die," 31 May 2018 For Harry and Meghan's wedding Kate accessorized with a pale-yellow, floral fascinator and nude pumps. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Duchess Kate recycles coat for fourth time at Harry and Meghan's royal wedding," 19 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whatever your response, don't feel obligated to send your own nudes in return. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "Your Complete Guide to Sending and Receiving Nude Photos," 30 Apr. 2019 No one deserves to have their nudes shared around the Internet or ANYWHERE without their consent. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ross Lynch's Nudes Allegedly Leaked and Twitter is Freaking Out," 18 Apr. 2019 The Nina [Simone] shade was created out of a need of nudes for deeper skin tones. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "This New Beauty Brand Named Its Lipsticks After Iconic Black Women," 26 Apr. 2019 The brand has three collections with 10 shades each, ranging from deep blues to classic reds and universal nudes. Pia Velasco, Good Housekeeping, "This Liquid Lipstick Is $7 and Stays Put All Day," 8 Feb. 2019 The Amazon boss is accusing the Enquirer and its chief executive, David Pecker, of blackmailing him using intimate texts between him and Sanchez, including partial male nudes. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019 Stout is describing the setup of her latest Girl lamps—large-scale ceramic nudes that seemingly walked out of a salty claymation—which are now on view at Design Miami. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Katie Stout’s “Girl Lamps” Come to Life in a New Collaboration with the Fashion Label Phelan," 7 Dec. 2018 There are five nudes, including a rich bronze Chocolate Geode shade, which looks even darker than Becca’s deepest highlighter of the same name, and will actually look like a nude on those with deep skin tones. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Becca’s New Lip Glosses Are As Glowy As Your Favorite Highlighter," 10 Apr. 2018 Barre Class — ballet pinks mixed with greys, nudes, and oranges in body-hugging silhouettes with loose layers on top. Charles Manning, Cosmopolitan, "The Best Fitness Gear for Whatever You're Into," 8 Jan. 2014

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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 How to pronounce nude (audio) , ˈnyüd\
nuder; nudest

Kids Definition of nude

: not wearing clothes : naked

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