\ 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

In the photo, a semi-nude Wood obscures her face behind a glass of wine, tugging at her white shorts. Claudia Harmata,, "Vogue Italia Writer Apologizes to Evan Rachel Wood for 'Terrible' 2012 Article Criticizing Her Nude Body," 5 Aug. 2019 In Portland, nude dancers freely gyrate inches from customers’ faces. New York Times, "Strippers Are Doing It for Themselves," 24 July 2019 After searching Williams’ Washington Street home on Monday morning, police arrested Williams and charged him with secretly recording a child under the age of 18 in the nude or partially nude, officials said. Abigail Feldman,, "Wellesley man charged with taking inappropriate recording of minor," 22 July 2019 The starlet completed her look with a peachy-nude blush on her cheeks and glossy lips. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dua Lipa Looks Ravishing in a Red Valentino Gown at the 2019 amfAR Gala," 24 May 2019 While 2018 might have been the year of experimenting with everything from black and navy blue lips to full-nude faces, could 2019 mean a little bit of a throwback to the 1960s with a more refined, yet pink-centric beauty look? Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Walked Dog Myron in Pink Lipstick and a Matching Faux Fur Coat," 3 Jan. 2019 Photo: Scott Calvert/The Wall Street Journal One venue popular with some employees was the Scores club, featuring nude dancers, near downtown Baltimore and a short drive from Under Armour headquarters. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Under Armour’s #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime," 5 Nov. 2018 Click ahead to get a first look at the collection, which includes shimmery shadows, bold brow products, and pinky-nude glosses fit for a pop star., "Camila Cabello's Summer Makeup Line Will Take You Back To Havana," 9 July 2018 Spend the afternoon at the architecturally imposing Friedrichsbad with an all-nude, co-ed 16-step program that takes you from hot to cold baths to full body scrubs. Laura Giannatempo, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Weekend Road Trip to the Black Forest," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Luckily, the nudes, browns and dark reds popular in the late ‘80s and ‘90s are back in style. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How ‘Pose’ perfectly re-creates the queer ball culture of 1990 New York," 2 Aug. 2019 From true reds to nuanced nudes, here, 10 cult lipsticks with that certain something loyal masses can’t get enough of. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "10 Cult Classic Lipstick Shades Every Beauty Lover Must Know," 29 July 2019 A few days ago, the actress' Twitter account was hacked and the hacker threatened to release Bella's nudes on the social media site. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Bella Thorne Calls Out Whoopi Goldberg in an Emotional Video After "The View" Host Shames Her for Posting Nude Pics," 19 June 2019 Goncharova was not afraid of painting female nudes in a controversial way, and police seized exhibits from her show in 1910. Richard Cork, WSJ, "‘Natalia Goncharova’ Review: An Exuberant Vision," 12 June 2019 DeepNude was taught to create convincing nudes using 10,000 naked images. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Creator kills app that uses AI to fake naked images of women," 30 June 2019 Unfortunately, there is no 100-percent risk-free way to sext nudes. Sophie Saint Thomas, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to Hot (And Safe) Sexting," 15 Aug. 2018 DeepNude was taught to create convincing nudes using 10,000 naked images. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Creator kills app that uses AI to fake naked images of women," 30 June 2019 DeepNude was taught to create convincing nudes using 10,000 naked images. The Washington Post,, "Creator deep-sixes DeepNude, app that undressed women (but not men) in photos," 28 June 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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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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