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[noo-diz-uh m, nyoo-] /ˈnu dɪz əm, ˈnyu-/
the practice of going nude, especially in places that allow sexually mixed groups, in the belief that such practice benefits health.
Origin of nudism
First recorded in 1925-30; nude + -ism
Related forms
nudist, noun, adjective
Can be confused
naturalist, naturist, nudist. Unabridged
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  • "Looks like they've decided to make a nudist colony of it," Lynwood commented.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • And when Joseph told me to get rid of them, I took them over to the nudist camp and sold them to him for fifty dollars.

  • And I don't know what a spy is doing in a nudist camp, but that's where he was when I sold him my glasses.

  • Those we have seen appear unobjectionable if their circulation is restricted to nudists and persons interested in the nudist cult.

  • Her hot, demanding eyes swept the group; a group whose like, except for physical perfection, could be found in any nudist colony.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for nudist


the practice of nudity, esp for reasons of health, religion, etc
Derived Forms
nudist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for nudist

1929, adjective and noun, from French nudiste or formed in English from nude (adj.) + -ist; also see nudism.



1929, from French nudisme (see nude + -ism). Nudist "one who practices nudism" appeared at the same time.

Made in Germany, imported to France, is the cult of Nudism, a mulligan stew of vegetarianism, physical culture and pagan worship. ["Time," July 1, 1929]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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