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au naturel

[oh nach-uh-rel; French oh na-ty-rel]
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  1. in the natural state.
  2. naked; nude.
  3. cooked plainly.
  4. raw; uncooked.
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Origin of au naturel

From French
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British Dictionary definitions for au naturel

au naturel

adjective, adverb
  1. naked; nude
  2. uncooked or plainly cooked
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Word Origin

literally: in (a) natural (condition)
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Word Origin and History for au naturel


1817, French, literally "in the natural state;" originally meaning "uncooked," but used euphemistically for "undressed." See natural (adj.).

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