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nude

[nood, nyood] /nud, nyud/
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adjective, nuder, nudest.
1.
naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.
2.
without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare:
a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.
3.
(of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.
4.
Law. made without a consideration or other legal essential:
a nude contract.
5.
having the color nude.
noun
6.
a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.
7.
an unclothed human figure.
8.
the condition of being unclothed:
to sleep in the nude.
9.
(no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.
10.
a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.
Origin of nude
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin nūdus; see naked
Related forms
nudely, adverb
nudeness, noun
seminude, adjective
subnude, adjective
Synonyms
1. uncovered, undressed, undraped, exposed.
Antonyms
1. covered.
Pronunciation note
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Examples from the Web for semi-nude
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  • And then suddenly the storm broke—happy ally of the fête—jocosely drenching the semi-nude runners.

  • The percentage of semi-nude figures increases until fully ninety-five per cent.

  • Alma in all her glory had her own ideas, and appeared invariably and literally in “semi-nude.”

    London in the Sixties One of the Old Brigade
  • Poor Dr. Johnson, sitting in semi-nude exposure, looked to me as unhappy as our own half-naked Washington at the national capital.

    Our Hundred Days in Europe Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • The other two were stripped, driven from their wounded comrade with rifles, and returned to the camp in a semi-nude condition.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • The first two were of Beth, one a nude and the other a semi-nude, with only her lovely breasts exposed.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
British Dictionary definitions for semi-nude

nude

/njuːd/
adjective
1.
completely unclothed; undressed
2.
having no covering; bare; exposed
3.
(law)
  1. lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence
  2. (of a contract, agreement, etc) made without consideration and void unless under seal
noun
4.
the state of being naked (esp in the phrase in the nude)
5.
a naked figure, esp in painting, sculpture, etc
Derived Forms
nudely, adverb
nudeness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin nūdus
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Word Origin and History for semi-nude

nude

n.

"nude figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see nude (adj.)).

nude

adj.

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.

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