[an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny]
- 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.
Origin of ingénue
1840–50; < French, feminine of ingénu < Latin ingenuus native, inborn, etc.; see ingenuous
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- an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman
C19: from French, feminine of ingénu ingenuous
Word Origin and History for ingenues
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper