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nude (adj.)

1530s, a legal term, "unsupported, not formally attested," from Latin nudus "naked, bare, unclothed, stripped," from PIE root *nogw- "naked" (see naked). General sense of "mere, plain, simple" is attested from 1550s. In reference to the human body, "unclothed, undraped," it is an artistic euphemism for naked, dating from 1610s (implied in nudity) but not in common use in this sense until mid-19c.

nude (n.)

"the representation of the undraped human figure in visual art," 1708, from French nud, obsolete variant of nu "naked, nude, bare," from Latin nudus (see nude (adj.)). In the nude "in a condition of being unclothed" is by 1856.

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Definitions of nude from WordNet
1
nude (n.)
a painting of a naked human figure;
Synonyms: nude painting
nude (n.)
without clothing (especially in the phrase `in the nude');
they swam in the nude
nude (n.)
a naked person;
Synonyms: nude person
nude (n.)
a statue of a naked human figure;
Synonyms: nude sculpture / nude statue
2
nude (adj.)
completely unclothed;
a nude model
Synonyms: bare / au naturel / naked
From wordnet.princeton.edu