au naturel

[ oh nach-uh-rel; French oh na-ty-rel ]
/ ˌoʊ ˌnætʃ əˈrɛl; French oʊ na tüˈrɛl /


in the natural state.
naked; nude.
cooked plainly.
raw; uncooked.

Origin of au naturel

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for au naturel

au naturel

/ French (o natyrɛl) /

adjective, adverb

naked; nude
uncooked or plainly cooked

Word Origin for au naturel

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

au naturel


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

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