[nood, nyood]

adjective, nud·er, nud·est.


Origin of nude

1525–35; < Latin nūdus; see naked
Related formsnude·ly, adverbnude·ness, nounsem·i·nude, adjectivesub·nude, adjective

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Synonyms for nude

1. uncovered, undressed, undraped, exposed.

Antonyms for nude

1. covered.

Pronunciation note

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Examples from the Web for nude

Contemporary Examples of nude

Historical Examples of nude

  • He threw open the cloak and stood there nude, playing with the sword in his hand.

    Casanova's Homecoming

    Arthur Schnitzler

  • I know she's nude, so let her be a peasant woman who has undressed.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • What was the meaning of that nude woman beside that gentleman who was fully dressed?

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • It supplies me with a motive for the nude; it's a real find, eh?

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • That nude woman in the very midst of Paris—it's improbable.'

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for nude



completely unclothed; undressed
having no covering; bare; exposed
  1. lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence
  2. (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
Derived Formsnudely, adverbnudeness, noun

Word Origin for nude

C16: from Latin nūdus
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Word Origin and History for nude

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.


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

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