noun in·ge·nue \ˈan-jə-ˌnü, ˈän-; ˈaⁿ-zhə-, ˈäⁿ-\

: an innocent girl or young woman

Full Definition of INGENUE

:  a naive girl or young woman
:  the stage role of an ingenue; also :  an actress playing such a role

Variants of INGENUE

in·ge·nue or in··nue \ˈan-jə-ˌnü, ˈän-; ˈaⁿ-zhə-, ˈäⁿ-\

Examples of INGENUE

  1. In her latest film she plays the part of an ingenue.

Origin of INGENUE

French ingénue, feminine of ingénu ingenuous, from Latin ingenuus
First Known Use: 1848

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany


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