from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having no clothing; naked.
  • adjective Permitting or featuring full exposure of the body.
  • noun An unclothed human figure, especially an artistic representation.
  • noun The condition of being unclothed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Naked; bare; uncovered; specifically, in art, undraped; not covered with drapery: as, a nude statue.
  • In law, naked; made without consideration: said of contracts and agreements in which a consideration is wholly lacking.
  • In botany and zoöl.:
  • Bare; destitute of leaves, hairs, bristles, feathers, scales, or other exterior outgrowth or covering.
  • Not supported by diagnosis or description; mere; bare: said of generic or specific terms, in the phrase nude name, translating the technical designation nomen nudum. See nomen.
  • Synonyms See list under naked.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Bare; naked; unclothed; undraped.
  • adjective (Law) Naked; without consideration; void. See Nudum pactum.
  • adjective the undraped human figure in art.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Without clothing or other covering of the skin; without clothing on the genitals or female nipples.
  • adjective Of a beige or tan color, evoking bare skin.
  • noun A painting, other artwork or mass-media-reproduced image depicting (a) human figure(s) in a state of near or total undress.
  • noun The state of total nudity

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a painting of a naked human figure
  • noun a naked person
  • adjective completely unclothed
  • noun a statue of a naked human figure
  • noun without clothing (especially in the phrase `in the nude')


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin nūdus; see nogw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Entered English 1531 as a legal term "unsupported, not formally attested," , from Latin nūdus 'naked, bare'.


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