\ 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 nude (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 Only Natalie could turn a birthday sushi dinner into a callout over nude photos. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, "90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? Recap: The Gang’s All Here," 3 May 2021 The film focused on Scott Breitenstein, a former plumber who ran sites hosting nude photos of people posted without their consent. New York Times, "The Slander Industry," 24 Apr. 2021 Northeastern University was arrested Wednesday and charged with using bogus social media accounts to try to trick female student-athletes into sending him nude photos of themselves, prosecutors said. Alanna Durkin Richer,, "Former Chicago college track coach charged in nude photo scheme in Boston," 7 Apr. 2021 Then, the British tabloid Daily Mail published nude photos of Hill. Washington Post, "Gaetz backed Katie Hill over nude pics leaked without her consent. She calls claims against him ‘reprehensible.’," 6 Apr. 2021 The body was nude with the hands and feet bound, and a T-shirt stuffed in the mouth. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge agrees to hear Zahau family’s bid to force case information from Sheriff’s Department," 24 Mar. 2021 The pinkish and purple hues on the eyes juxtaposed the plum hues of the gown, and was finished with a barely-there nude lip. Blake Newby, Essence, "Let's Talk About Angela Bassett's Braid At The Golden Globes Awards," 28 Feb. 2021 For the night-out occasion, Perry paired her '70s hair moment with a glossy nude lip, fluttery eyelash extensions, black heels, and a long-sleeve butterfly-print dress by designer Dundas. Megan Decker,, "Katy Perry’s Latest Hair Change Makes Her Look Like Another Pop Star," 9 Feb. 2021 This palette is all about being physically nude with yourself and embracing your personal sexuality. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Huda Beauty’s Naughty Nude Palette Includes a Brand-New Eye Shadow Formula," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In honor of the annual celebration, which marks the start of the environmental movement in 1970, the actress posted a throwback shot of herself enjoying nature in the nude. Maria Pasquini,, "Brooke Shields Shares Nude Throwback Photo for Earth Day: 'Celebrate Your Love for the Planet'," 22 Apr. 2021 The Canadian Press obtained a photo of Amos standing behind a chair with Quebec and Canadian flags in the background, completely in the nude. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Canadian Parliament member caught nude during video call," 15 Apr. 2021 In one painting, a yellow line slices the composition, bisecting a female nude. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Retelling the Story of a Subcontinent," 10 Apr. 2021 Many, during the days before the crackdown, sunned themselves and bathed in the stream in the nude, officials said. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: The 1969 youth invasion of Palm Springs," 4 Apr. 2021 Samoan Sand is a true nude that appeals to those who don't need any frills or attention and love a crisp, light look. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Big News: OPI's 10 Most Popular Nail Colors Are Now Available As Press-On Gel Manicures," 24 Mar. 2021 While many are ruddy-colored, as the convention dictated for a male nude, others with equally formidable muscles are pale-skinned. New York Times, "The Lusty Creativity of Cornelis Cornelisz von Haarlem," 13 Jan. 2021 Our favorite new relationship, KenToya is stronger than ever, with Kenya going so far as to send LaToya a tasteful nude of her derrière. Chris Murphy, Vulture, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: Ice, Ice, Bailey," 11 Jan. 2021 Pillow Talk walks the tight line between being light enough to be considered a nude with the right amount of pink to add inviting warmth to my pout. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "Why the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk line lives on my vanity," 21 Oct. 2020

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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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8 May 2021

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“Nude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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