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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 ?
Her perceptions this morning were curiously keen, and she believed that Miss Lavish had her on trial for an ingenue.
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.
Especially wonderful are Patricia Conolly as overgrown ingenue Maudie Melrose; Rosemary Murphy as Cora Clarke, who loves nothing more than playing solitaire and dispensing barbed bon mots; and Helen Stenborg, who practically steals the show as dotty firebug Sarita Myrtle.
The production doesn't have - or need - big stars: The actors playing the director, diva and fresh-faced ingenue are all unknowns.
A Leopold-and-Loeb-meet-Hansel-and-Gretel fairy tale about a bitchy teen ingenue and her naive boyfriend who are imprisoned by a horny, gay, cannibalistic ogre.
Out (of nowhere) comedian Elvira Kurt is enjoying a breakthrough year, but she's the first to tell you she's no ingenue
What could easily be a dull ingenue role Levering instead makes lovely and charming.
A petite androgyne, done up in punk chic - black suit, red socks, Vaseline-spiked hair - and manipulating her voice to sound, alternately, like a midwestern ingenue and a solemnly goofy Ronald Reagan, dominated the room for eight hours.
Newcomer Alice Ripley brings some gumption to Betty Schaefer, Norma's rival for Joe's affections: she could have been a conventional ingenue.
Long the go-to ingenue for all period films (most notably the trifecta of E.
Says the ingenue with pride: "I raised, like, $5,000 in $25 donations.