adjective, nud·er, nud·est.
- nucleus gracilis,
- nucleus of solitary tract,
- nude descending a staircase,
- nude mouse,
Origin of nude
- lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence
- (of a contract, agreement, etc) made without consideration and void unless under seal
Word Origin for 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.