Entries linking to nudist
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.
Variant -ister (as in chorister, barrister) is from Old French -istre, on false analogy of ministre. Variant -ista is from Spanish, popularized in American English 1970s by names of Latin-American revolutionary movements.
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]
updated on July 16, 2019