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Examples of ingenue in a Sentence
In her latest film she plays the part of an ingenue.
Recent Examples of ingenue from the Web
From La La Land to Paris, actress and ingenue Elle Fanning made her runway debut at Miu Miu today.
But navigating the politics of red carpet dressing can be harder for non-ingenues.
Yet the model, Kari-Ann Muller, is less a pouting ingenue than a knowing predator, teeth bared, who is laying a trap, a gold record peeking out from behind her wrap.
Lyric Opera’s current production features soprano Marianne Crebassa in the role of Dorabella, the more willing of the two ingenues.
He was cast as a grandfather; Hayes played an ingenue type who is present when a terrible secret is revealed.
Didato’s Marvin is, at first, a kind of male ingenue trying to stay afloat in a world of ruthless women who long ago tossed their moral compasses.
Her shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway's leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song.
And at the core of the story: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and ingenue Letitia Wright as Nakia and Shuri, who play two of the strongest women in Wakanda.
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Did You Know?
Although Becky Sharp, the ambitious heroine of William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel Vanity Fair, is not usually thought of as innocent or naïve, the first recorded use of "ingenue" in English does refer to her. Thackeray's use was attributive: "When attacked sometimes, Becky had a knack of adopting a demure ingenue air, under which she was most dangerous." The word ingenue typically refers to someone who is innocent to the ways of the world, so you probably won't be too surprised to learn that it shares an ancestor, Latin ingenuus, with "ingenuous," a word meaning "showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness." More directly, our "ingenue" comes from French ingénue, the feminine form of ingénu, meaning "ingenuous."
Origin and Etymology of ingenue
First Known Use: 1848See Words from the same year
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Definition of ingenue for English Language Learners
: an innocent girl or young woman
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