- 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 semi-nude
While Richardson contends the shoot was advertised as a “semi-nude casting,” Ziff disagrees.Speed Read: Terry Richardson on Sex, Lies, and Lindsay Lohan
June 16, 2014
A window in the floor peers down on a semi-nude performer lying on a bed.Bright Lights, Big Club: Remembering the Crazy, Fabulous Nightclub Area
November 8, 2013
One fixates upon the semi-nude forms of its stars; the other is truly naked.Charlie Sheen’s ‘Anger Management’ & Louis C.K.’s ‘Louie’: Comedy Clash
June 27, 2012
A Stephen Meisel image from the Sex book, of a semi-nude Madonna squatting over an Evian bottle, hung over the couch.Death of an Heiress
January 5, 2010
And then suddenly the storm broke—happy ally of the fête—jocosely drenching the semi-nude runners.Dreamers of the Ghetto
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
- 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 semi-nude
"nude figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see 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.