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in·gé·nue

also in·ge·nue  (ăN′zhə-no͞o′)
n.
1. A naive, innocent girl or young woman.
2.
a. The role of an ingénue in a dramatic production.
b. An actress playing such a role.

[French, feminine of ingénu, guileless, from Latin ingenuus, ingenuous; see ingenuous.]

ingénue

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

in•gé•nue

or in•ge•nue

(ˈæn ʒəˌnu, ɛ̃ˈ-)

n.
1. the role of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, esp. as represented on the stage.
2. an actress who plays such a role or specializes in playing such roles.
[1840–50; < French, feminine of ingénu < Latin ingenuus]

ingénue

A French word meaning ingenuous person, used to mean someone who is innocent or inexperienced.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ingenue - an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
2.ingenue - an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage)
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
3.ingenue - the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
persona, theatrical role, role, character, part - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"

ingénue

noun
A guileless, unsophisticated person:
Translations

ingénue

[ˌɛːnʒeɪˈnjuː] Ningenua f

ingenue

ingénue [ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː] (formal) ningénue f

ingénue

nnaives Mädchen; (Theat) → Naive f
References in classic literature ?
The child you were with--the ingenue, you know--with the pink cheeks and the wonderful eyes
I didn't know that your taste ran to ingenues to such an extent.
Her perceptions this morning were curiously keen, and she believed that Miss Lavish had her on trial for an ingenue.
The touch of soft fabric awakens long-dormant feelings, so as flame-haired ingenue Lili Elbe, Einar confronts the deep-rooted belief that he has been born into the wrong body.
In 1998, a series of misreported conversations made it sound as if Al Gore had claimed that he and then-wife Tipper had inspired the young couple at the center of Love Story: the preppy Oliver Barrett IV, and working-class ingenue, Jennifer Cavilleri.
Unusually for Allen, there is a murder plot at the heart of this story as Phoenix's at times gloomy academic is torn between Stone's ingenue and Parker Posey's sexually charged campus wife.
Every E script goes to Jennifer Lawrence while older actresses down the list try to play the ingenue for as long as possible.
You'll find that the woman who is saying that the roles have dried up is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old.
You'll find that the woman who is saying that the roles have dried up is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue, and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old" - Actor Russell Crowe.
More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo's French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film "The Artist.
12, Mearns draws on that real-life devotion as her character transforms from ingenue to artist.
Even the inimitable Julie Andrews has to age, and the Broadway ingenue ages out of her available roles.