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.

Nearby words

  1. ingush,
  2. ingush republic,
  3. ingushetia,
  4. ingveonic,
  5. ingweonic,
  6. inh,
  7. inhabit,
  8. inhabitancy,
  9. inhabitant,
  10. inhabited

Origin of ingénue

1840–50; < French, feminine of ingénu < Latin ingenuus native, inborn, etc.; see ingenuous

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British Dictionary definitions for ingenue

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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Word Origin and History for ingenue

ingenue

n.

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.

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