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Pronunciation: /njuːd
 
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Definition of nude in English:

adjective

1Wearing no clothes; naked: a painting of a nude model
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  • 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, in the nude, stark naked, bare, with nothing on, stripped, unclothed, undressed, uncovered, in a state of nature, disrobed, unclad, undraped, exposed;
informal without a stitch on, in one's birthday suit, in the raw, in the altogether, in the buff, as naked as the day one was born, in the nuddy, mother naked
British informal starkers
Scottish informal in the scud, scuddy
North American informal bare-assed, buck naked
Australian informal bollocky
British vulgar slang bollock-naked
1.1 [attributive] Depicting or performed by naked people: she won’t do any nude scenes
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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.
2Of a pinkish-beige colour: nude tights
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  • My lips were a glossy, nude colour, and the heavy, sticky feel of the shine annoyed me.
  • Is that an artificial tan, or does she just tan nude?

noun

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A 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.

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.

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  • naked from (Old English):

    The Old English word naked comes from the same ultimate root as nude (Late Middle English), Latin nudus. The sense of ‘blatant, clear, unashamed’, as in naked ambition, dates from the 13th century. The naked truth, meaning ‘the plain truth, without concealment or embellishment’, dates back to the 14th century. It may originally have developed as a translation of the Latin phrase nudaque veritas in the Odes of the Roman writer Horace, or have come from fables personifying Truth as a naked woman, in contrast to Falsehood, who is elaborately dressed. Stark naked is an alteration of start naked, which probably meant ‘naked even to the tail’, as a start was an animal's tail—as in the red-rumped bird the redstart (late 16th century). First recorded as early as 1530, stark naked developed into starkers in the 1920s. The change was made the easier because stark, which had meant ‘hard, stiff’ in Old English had come to mean ‘absolutely, utterly’ in late Middle English, as in stark staring mad. Words related to stark include the starch (Old English) used for stiffening clothes and probably the stork (Old English) from the bird's stiff posture.

Phrases

in the nude

1
In an unclothed state: I like to swim in the nude
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  • 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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