Definition of nude in English:

nude

Syllabification: nude
Pronunciation: /n(y)o͞od
 
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adjective

1Wearing no clothes; naked: a painting of a nude model
More example sentences
  • Thankfully, the nude model managed to find some clothes to wear in later issues!
  • Peta is well known for its provocative ad campaigns, which sometimes feature nude models proclaiming they'd rather go naked than wear fur.
  • Tricia Stewart was one of the members of Rylstone and District WI who posed nude for a calendar.
Synonyms
naked, stark naked, bare, unclothed, undressed, disrobed, stripped, unclad, au naturel, without a stitch on, in one's birthday suit, in the raw, in the altogether, in the buff
informal buck-naked, butt-naked, mother-naked
1.1 [attributive] Depicting or performed by naked people: he was asked to act in a frank nude scene
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  • A newly trained sex change artiste has been arrested for performing a nude act on stage at a non family place of entertainment near a main road.
  • Of the performers, Eileen Atkins steals the show and gets a nude scene in at just 70 years young.
  • The 23-year-old hotel heiress and star of reality TV series The Simple Life wants to be taken seriously as an actress and rules out taking part in nude scenes.
1.2(Especially of hosiery) flesh-colored: black shoes with beige or nude stockings
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  • The whole film looks like it was shot with a camera covered with nude hosiery.
  • Session V / Look 27 / February 1992 shows Bowery in a body suit and mask in the hosiery color known as nude.
  • Dark brunettes or brunettes with blue-black bases would look great in the soft, sheer and almost nude pinks.

noun

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1A naked human figure, typically as the subject of a painting, sculpture, or photograph: a study of a kneeling nude
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  • Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe images are on display, as well as several Picasso nudes and Rodin sculptures, including The Kiss.
  • Modigliani's nudes were the subject of his only gallery show during his lifetime and the police shut it down.
  • All of Saville's monumental nudes employ photographic precedents, but not in any simple way.
1.1Flesh color.
More example sentences
  • Where can I get men's cotton wifebeaters in beige or nude?
  • There is lots of gold, white, beige and nude as well.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'plain, explicit'): from Latin nudus. The current sense is first found in noun use in the early 18th century.

Phrases

in the nude

In an unclothed state: I like to swim in the nude
More example sentences
  • Pensioner Brian Holmes celebrated his 89th birthday - by going for a swim in the nude.
  • During the day, the island is strictly reserved for those who prefer to swim and sunbathe in the nude.
  • It is not uncommon to see tourists as well as native-born Jamaicans enjoying the beach in the nude along this seven-mile strip.

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