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adjective,nud·er, nud·est.
  1. naked or unclothed, as a person or the body.

  2. without the usual coverings, furnishings, etc.; bare: a nude stretch of land laid waste by brush fires.

  1. (of a photograph, painting, statue, etc.) being or prominently displaying a representation of the nude human figure.

  2. Law. made without a consideration or other legal essential: a nude contract.

  3. having the color nude.

  1. a sculpture, painting, etc., of a nude human figure.

  2. an unclothed human figure.

  1. the condition of being unclothed: to sleep in the nude.

  2. (no longer in common use; now considered offensive) a light grayish-yellow brown to brownish-pink color.

  3. a color that falls within the spectrum of human skin colors.

Origin of nude

1525–35; <Latin nūdus;see naked

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Other words from nude

  • nudely, adverb
  • nudeness, noun
  • sem·i·nude, adjective
  • sub·nude, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for nude


/ (njuːd) /

  1. completely unclothed; undressed

  2. having no covering; bare; exposed

  1. law

    • lacking some essential legal requirement, esp supporting evidence

    • (of a contract, agreement, etc) made without consideration and void unless under seal

  1. the state of being naked (esp in the phrase in the nude)

  2. a naked figure, esp in painting, sculpture, etc

Origin of nude

C16: from Latin nūdus

Derived forms of nude

  • nudely, adverb
  • nudeness, noun

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