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ingénue

[an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny] /ˈæn ʒəˌnu, -ˌnyu; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü/
noun, plural ingénues
[an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny] /ˈæn ʒəˌnuz, -ˌnyuz; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü/ (Show IPA)
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < French, feminine of ingénu < Latin ingenuus native, inborn, etc.; see ingenuous
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ingénue

/ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː; French ɛ̃ʒeny/
noun
1.
an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman
Word Origin
C19: from French, feminine of ingénuingenuous
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Word Origin and History for ingenues

ingenue

n.

1848, from French ingénue "artless girl, especially on the stage," fem. of ingénu "ingenuous, artless, simple" (13c.), from Latin ingenuus (see ingenuous). Italicized in English into 20c.

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