[noo-diz-uh m, nyoo-]
  1. the practice of going nude, especially in places that allow sexually mixed groups, in the belief that such practice benefits health.

Origin of nudism

First recorded in 1925–30; nude + -ism
Related formsnud·ist, noun, adjective
Can be confusednaturalist naturist nudist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for nudism's


  1. the practice of nudity, esp for reasons of health, religion, etc
Derived Formsnudist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for nudism's



1929, from French nudisme (see nude + -ism). Nudist "one who practices nudism" appeared at the same time.

Made in Germany, imported to France, is the cult of Nudism, a mulligan stew of vegetarianism, physical culture and pagan worship. ["Time," July 1, 1929]
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