ingénue

[an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny]
noun, plural ingénues [an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny] .
1.
the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as represented on the stage.
2.
an actress who plays such a part or specializes in playing such parts.
Also, ingenue.


Origin:
1840–50; < French, feminine of ingénu < Latin ingenuus native, inborn, etc.; see ingenuous

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ingénue (ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː, French ɛ̃ʒeny)
 
n
an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman
 
[C19: from French, feminine of ingénuingenuous]

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ingenue
1848, from Fr. ingénue "artless girl, especially on the stage," fem. of ingénu "ingenuous, artless, simple" (13c.), from L. ingenuus (see ingenuous).
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Example sentences
The ingenue couldn't see garden-variety jealousy when it smacked her with her own rising star.
In the tragedy, she chain-smokes and fidgets, while in the comedy she has an ingenue's golden glow.
Her character is neither a simple ingenue nor a vamp.
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