- naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.
- without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare: a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.
- (of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.
- Law. made without a consideration or other legal essential: a nude contract.
- having the color nude.
- a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.
- an unclothed human figure.
- the condition of being unclothed: to sleep in the nude.
- (no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.
- a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
Origin of nude
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Examples from the Web for nude
Nude prisoners were kept in a central area, and walked around as a form of humiliation.Inside the CIA’s Sadistic Dungeon
December 9, 2014
There's a scene in which a nude Amy Elliott-Dunne, played with committed gusto by Rosamund Pike, is washing off in the shower.Yes, Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal in ‘Gone Girl,’ Confronting One of Cinema’s Last Taboos
October 1, 2014
On a busy Manhattan thoroughfare, the artist Andy Golub painted the bodies of nude models.Naked on a New York Street—for Art
September 16, 2014
However, in all his work, even in many of the nude portraits he took, there are veils, whether of glass or fabric or color washes.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
He is known for his edgy, often nude photos of girls out on the town and for documenting his late night antics.Fashion's Naughtiest Photographer, Olivier Zahm
September 9, 2014
He threw open the cloak and stood there nude, playing with the sword in his hand.Casanova's Homecoming
I know she's nude, so let her be a peasant woman who has undressed.
What was the meaning of that nude woman beside that gentleman who was fully dressed?
It supplies me with a motive for the nude; it's a real find, eh?
That nude woman in the very midst of Paris—it's improbable.'
- completely unclothed; undressed
- having no covering; bare; exposed
- lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence
- (of a contract, agreement, etc) made without consideration and void unless under seal
- the state of being naked (esp in the phrase in the nude)
- a naked figure, esp in painting, sculpture, etc
Word Origin and History for nude
1530s, a legal term, "unsupported, not formally attested," from Latin nudus "naked, bare, unclothed, stripped" (see naked). General sense of "mere, plain, simple" attested from 1550s. In reference to the human body, meaning "unclothed," it is an artistic euphemism for naked, dating from 1610s (implied in nudity) but not in common use in this sense until mid-19c.
"nude figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see nude (adj.)).