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

  • adj. Having no clothing; naked.
  • adj. Permitting or featuring full exposure of the body: a nude beach.
  • adj. Law Lacking any of various legal requisites, such as evidence.
  • n. An unclothed human figure, especially an artistic representation.
  • n. The condition of being unclothed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bare; naked; unclothed; undraped.
  • adj. Naked; without consideration; void. See Nudum pactum.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


Latin nūdus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Entered English 1531 as a legal term "unsupported, not formally attested," , from Latin nūdus 'naked, bare'. (Wiktionary)



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