noun, plural in·gé·nues [an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny] /ˈæn ʒəˌnuz, -ˌnyuz; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü/.
Origin of ingénue
Examples from the Web for ingenue
She suggested an ingenue who had been suddenly sent on in the role of the Russian adventuress.Vera|Richard Harding Davis
There, seeking asylum from the greater heat of the wings he came upon the ingenue, indulging in the luxury of exhausted tears.The Tyranny of Weakness|Charles Neville Buck
The result is extravagantly and deliciously funny—Just the Book for an Ingenue.Over the Seas for Uncle Sam|Elaine Sterne
She felt the ingenue's usually complacent eyes suddenly fixed upon her with an unhallowed precocity, and as quickly withdrawn.A Sappho of Green Springs|Bret Harte
I was no longer "Diane," the ingenue whom she patronized as well as admired.The Bacillus of Beauty|Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for ingenue
Word Origin for ingénue
Word Origin and History for ingenue
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.