ingénue

or in·ge·nue

[ an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny ]
/ ˈæn ʒəˌnu, -ˌnyu; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü /

noun, plural in·gé·nues [an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny]. /ˈæn ʒəˌnuz, -ˌnyuz; French ɛ̃ ʒeɪˈnü/.

the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as represented on the stage.
an actress who plays such a part or specializes in playing such parts.

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Origin of ingénue

1840–50; <French, feminine of ingénu<Latin ingenuus native, inborn, etc.; see ingenuous
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British Dictionary definitions for ingénue

ingénue
/ (ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː, French ɛ̃ʒeny) /

noun

an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman

Word Origin for ingénue

C19: from French, feminine of ingénu ingenuous
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