or in·ge·nue

[ 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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Origin of ingénue

First recorded in 1840–50; from French, feminine of ingénu, from Latin ingenuus “native, inborn”; see origin at ingenuous;see also ingenuity
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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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