• (music) Neither sharp nor flat. Denoted ♮.

    "The piece is played in C natural."

  • Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.

    "the natural motion of a gravitating body"

  • (obsolete) Connected by the ties of consanguinity.
  • Of or relating to nature.

    "In the natural world the fit tend to live on while the weak perish."

  • As expected; reasonable.

    "His prison sentence was the natural consequence of a life of crime."

  • (music) Applied to an air or modulation of harmony which moves by easy and smooth transitions, digressing but little from the original key.
  • Having the character or sentiments properly belonging to one's position; not unnatural in feelings.
  • That exists and evolved within the confines of an ecosystem.

    "The species will be under threat if its natural habitat is destroyed."

  • As expected; reasonable.

    "It's natural for business to be slow on Tuesdays."

  • (music) Produced by natural organs, such as those of the human throat, in distinction from instrumental music.
  • Without, or prior to, modification or adjustment.

    "The chairs were all natural oak but the table had a lurid finish."

  • (obsolete) Born out of wedlock; illegitimate; bastard.

    "a natural child"

  • Without artificial additives.

    "Natural food is healthier than processed food."


  • (music) A note that is not or is no longer to be modified by an accidental, or the symbol ♮ used to indicate such a note. [from 17th c.]
  • (archaic) One with a simple mind; a fool or idiot.
  • (now rare) A native inhabitant of a place, country etc. [from 16th c.]
  • An almost white colour, with tints of grey, yellow or brown; originally that of natural fabric. [from 20th c.]

    "natural colour: "

  • One with an innate talent at or for something. [from 18th c.]

    "He's a natural on the saxophone."

  • (colloquial, chiefly Britain) One's natural life.

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