[ nach-er-uhl, nach-ruhl ]
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  1. existing in or formed by nature (opposed to artificial): The river was spanned by a natural rock bridge.

  2. based on the state or behavior of things in nature; constituted by nature: Growth is a natural process.

  1. of or relating to nature or the universe: The natural beauty of this forest is remarkable.

  2. of, relating to, or occupied with the study of natural science: The discovery of the laws of motion occurred through conducting natural experiments.

  3. (of land) in a state of nature; uncultivated.

  4. (of plants) growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by humans.

  5. having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives: The restaurant is famous for serving only natural food made with only natural ingredients.: Compare organic (def. 11).

  6. relating to hair, especially Black hair, that has not been straightened, permed, or otherwise altered in texture.

  7. of, relating to, or proper to the nature or essential constitution: Her natural athletic ability had brought her a wonderful basketball career.

  8. having the specified character by nature; natural-born: You can tell from his fun, interesting classes that he's a natural teacher.

  9. proper to the circumstances of the case: The loss of his social circle was a natural result of his greed.

  10. free from affectation or constraint: The celebrity had a charming and natural manner.

  11. arising easily or spontaneously: The mayor is known for his natural courtesy to strangers.

  12. conforming with the nature or character of things: That sentence may be grammatical, but it is not natural English.

  13. in accordance with or conforming to the ordinary course of things: It was natural that he should hit back after being punched.

  14. (of a death) happening in the ordinary or usual course of things, without the intervention of accident, violence, etc.

  15. based upon the innate moral feeling of humankind: natural justice.

  16. having or showing feelings, such as affection, gratitude, or kindness, considered part of basic human nature.

  17. true to or closely imitating nature: It's a very natural portrait of her.

  18. not tinted or colored; undyed.

  19. not treated, tanned, refined, etc.; in its original or raw state: natural wood;natural cowhide.

  20. being or having a pale tannish or grayish-yellow color, as many woods and untreated animal skins.

  21. related by blood rather than by adoption.

  22. born of parents who are not married to each other; illegitimate: a natural son.

  23. having a real or physical existence, as opposed to one that is spiritual, intellectual, fictitious, etc.

  24. (of theology) based on what is learned from nature rather than on revelation.

  25. unenlightened or unregenerate: the natural man.

  26. Music.

    • neither sharp nor flat.

    • changed in pitch by the sign ♮.

  27. (of a horn or trumpet) having neither side holes nor valves.

  28. Cards.

    • being a card other than a wild card or joker.

    • (of a set or sequence of cards) containing no wild cards.

  1. any person or thing that is or is likely or certain to be very suitable to and successful in an endeavor without much training or difficulty: You're a natural at this—you picked it up so fast!

  2. Music.

    • a white key on a piano, organ, or the like.

    • the sign ♮, placed before a note, canceling the effect of a previous sharp or flat.

    • a note affected by a ♮, or a tone thus represented.

  1. a natural substance or a product made with such a substance: This boot conditioner is an ointment containing mink oil and other naturals.

  2. Older Use. Afro (def. 1).

  3. (in craps) a winning combination of seven or eleven made on the first cast.

  4. Archaic. a person with an intellectual disability.

Origin of natural

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Latin nātūrālis; equivalent to nature + -al1; replacing Middle English naturel, from Middle French, from Latin, as above

Other words for natural

Other words from natural

  • nat·u·ral·ly, adverb
  • nat·u·ral·ness, noun
  • an·ti·nat·u·ral, adjective
  • an·ti·nat·u·ral·ness, noun
  • hy·per·nat·u·ral, adjective
  • hy·per·nat·u·ral·ness, noun
  • non·nat·u·ral, adjective
  • non·nat·u·ral·ness, noun
  • pre·nat·u·ral, adjective
  • qua·si-nat·u·ral, adjective
  • sub·nat·u·ral, adjective
  • sub·nat·u·ral·ness, noun
  • trans·nat·ur·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use natural in a sentence

  • “This is not a contest about natural assets or even about naturalness,” Sousa recently told the Venezuelan press.

  • He had a naturalness in his body that gave him a feeling that when he moved, it seemed so easy—it was so electric and wild.

    Bruce Weber's All-American World | Isabel Wilkinson | December 28, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The almost lazy naturalness and simplicity faded gradually out of it, revealing the alert and seductive woman of the world.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • There was a naturalness in his enjoyment which was almost boylike; a naive sort of exultation possessed him.

  • Now the advantage of Dink's method of signaling was in its absolute naturalness.

    The Varmint | Owen Johnson
  • Countess Yaskov told me her story, the narrative of her friend, with perfect naturalness and with a quiet ease.

    Overlooked | Maurice Baring
  • That is the setting of our Pearl, a creature of divine naturalness, waiting until some Quaker Cupid twangs his bow.

    The Red City | S. Weir Mitchell

British Dictionary definitions for natural


/ (ˈnætʃrəl, -tʃərəl) /

  1. of, existing in, or produced by nature: natural science; natural cliffs

  2. in accordance with human nature: it is only natural to want to be liked

  1. as is normal or to be expected; ordinary or logical: the natural course of events

  2. not acquired; innate: a natural gift for sport

  3. being so through innate qualities: a natural leader

  4. not supernatural or strange: natural phenomena

  5. not constrained or affected; genuine or spontaneous

  6. not artificially dyed or coloured: a natural blonde

  7. following or resembling nature or life; lifelike: she looked more natural without her make-up

  8. not affected by man or civilization; uncultivated; wild: in the natural state this animal is not ferocious

  9. being or made from organic material; not synthetic: a natural fibre like cotton

  10. illegitimate; born out of wedlock

  11. not adopted but rather related by blood: her natural parents

  12. music

    • not sharp or flat

    • (postpositive) denoting a note that is neither sharp nor flat: B natural

    • (of a key or scale) containing no sharps or flats: Compare flat 1 (def. 23), sharp (def. 12)

  13. music of or relating to a trumpet, horn, etc, without valves or keys, on which only notes of the harmonic series of the keynote can be obtained

  14. determined by inborn conviction: natural justice; natural rights

  15. cards

    • (of a card) not a joker or wild card

    • (of a canasta or sequence) containing no wild cards

    • (of a bid in bridge) describing genuine values; not conventional

  16. based on the principles and findings of human reason and what is to be learned of God from nature rather than on revelation: natural religion

  1. informal a person or thing regarded as certain to qualify for success, selection, etc: the horse was a natural for first place

  2. music

    • Also called (US): cancel an accidental cancelling a previous sharp or flat: Usual symbol:

    • a note affected by this accidental: Compare flat 1 (def. 35), sharp (def. 19)

  1. pontoon the combination of an ace with a ten or court card when dealt to a player as his or her first two cards

  2. obsolete an imbecile; idiot

Derived forms of natural

  • naturalness, noun

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with natural


see under big as life.

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