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Jun 2, 2004
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Loanwords from French

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dernier cri
au naturel

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au naturel

(o nach-uh-REL, o nah-tu-REL) Pronunciation

1. Uncooked or cooked plainly.
2. Nude.
3. In the natural state.

[From French au naturel (in the natural state).]

"As the author of Raw: The Uncook Book, the bible of raw-foodists everywhere, Brotman has established himself as a guru in the art of serving food as au naturel as possible."
Peta Bee; Chuck Out Your Oven; The Times (London, UK); Feb 27, 2003.

"Increasingly, people are choosing 'green graves' - being buried au naturel amid the fields, forests and even the waters of the seas."
Thinking Outside the Box; Better Nutrition (Atlanta, Georgia); Feb 2003.

See more usage examples of au naturel in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.


Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set. -Raymond Thornton Chandler, writer (1888-1959)

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