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Au naturel

in the natural state.
naked; nude.
cooked plainly.
; uncooked.
Contemporary Examples

Marmur says—”au naturel” being a relative term in Manhattan.
The One Good Thing Michele Bachmann Did: Proudly Blurt Out Her Age Judith Newman January 7, 2012

Here we see an au naturel Moore, bra-less in faded rock T-shirts and vowel-mangling California accent.
Julianne Moore’s Dangerous Beauty Gina Piccalo July 6, 2010

Instead, her au naturel dusting and vacuuming maintained her svelte figure.
Seduce Like a Writer: How 7 Famous Scribes Wooed Joni Rendon, Shannon McKenna Schmidt February 12, 2014

Historical Examples

However, they said they were well paid by the sight of him toiling up the trail in the moonlight, au naturel!
I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith

Well, they must take you au naturel, as our countrymen do their potatoes.
Charles O’Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles Lever

How will madame have potatoes, saut or grill, or au naturel?
With the World’s Great Travellers, Volume IV Various

This is exactly as we could wish,—it allows us to study the Don, so to speak, au naturel.
A Trip to Cuba Julia Ward Howe

In these rooms he is au naturel, and with all his good-nature and genuineness he is rather a rough fellow.
Town Life in Australia R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny

It is also served with the four following omelets: au naturel, with salt pork, fines herbes, and with cheese.
Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks Pierre Blot

adjective, adverb
naked; nude
uncooked or plainly cooked

1817, French, literally “in the natural state;” originally meaning “uncooked,” but used euphemistically for “undressed.” See natural (adj.).


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