- 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
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Contemporary Examples of ingenues
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Historical Examples of ingenues
- an artless, innocent, or inexperienced girl or young woman
Word Origin for ingénue
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.