[ an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny ]
/ ˈæn ʒəˌnu, -ˌnyu; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü /
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noun, plural in·gé·nues [an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny]. /ˈæn ʒəˌnuz, -ˌnyuz; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü/.
an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman: Navy and cocoa browns are good neutrals for the ingénue, and the right creamy beige or pearl gray are good choices for her more classic outfits.
the role of a young, innocent, and appealing character in a play, movie, TV show, etc., typically a female role.
an actress or actor who plays such a role or specializes in playing such roles.
a young actress or actor: At the awards event, natural diamonds were the gemstone of choice for both Hollywood ingenues and veterans alike.
a young, inexperienced person: The ailing leader Kim Jong Il sought to transfer power to his youngest son, a political ingenue in his 20s.
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Words nearby ingénue
ingeminate, in general, ingenerate, Ingenhousz, ingenious, ingénue, ingenuity, ingenuous, Ingerland, Ingersoll, ingest
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How to use ingénue in a sentence
She's a steely ingenue, a fair-faced heroine, a leading lady.Our Pop Culture Wish List for 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
See also: the girl in the band, who is often the ultimate ingenue.Indie Dream Girls|Doree Shafrir|July 20, 2009|DAILY BEAST
It established her at once as an unstagey ingenue—simple, unspoiled, unacquainted with the formulas and formalities of the world.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott
Cora was my ingenue opposite, it fell out, and so we played at love-making, while meeting coldly at the family dining table.A Son of the Middle Border|Hamlin Garland
To the world in general she was still the big-eyed ingenue, learning to take her place in society.Jewel Weed|Alice Ames Winter
The Heroine and Ingenue hold each other by the hand and take ballet steps in waltz time.Contemporary One-Act Plays|Sir James M. Barrie
The girl was very pretty, in an appealing ingenue way, her type being of the clinging order.Polly's Southern Cruise|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for ingénue
/ (ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː, French ɛ̃ʒeny) /
an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman
Word Origin for ingénue
C19: from French, feminine of ingénu ingenuous
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