au naturel

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Borrowed from French au naturel (literally in the natural).


au naturel (not comparable)

  1. In the nude: in the naked state.
    Bella loved posing for the artist au naturel.
  2. Naturally.
  3. In the plainest or simplest manner.
  4. Without makeup and with one's natural hair color.
    • 2012, Laura Lascarso, Counting Backwards, Simon and Schuster (→ISBN), page 134:
      “Well, few of us are blessed with flawless complexions such as yours, so if you want to go au naturel, that's fine by me.”
    • 2014, Daryl Wood Gerber, Stirring the Plot, Penguin (→ISBN), page 121:
      Why did some women eschwew makeup? It seemed to be a recent trend for her. Had her religious fiancé requested she go au naturel?

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  • IPA(key): /o na.ty.ʁɛl/
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au naturel

  1. naturally
  2. in the nude
  3. most simply, most plainly
  4. (food) without seasoning, flavouring or dressing
    thon au naturel -- tuna-fish in brine
  5. (heraldry) proper