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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
The novel follows an ingenue who comes to work at Glorious Pictures, a formidable film company run by bullish brothers Phil and Tony Waxman (wink wink, nudge nudge).
In a previous life, Polley was a reluctant child star, and subsequently a reluctant Hollywood ingenue.
Danielle Darrieux, a luminous beauty of French cinema whose portrayals of wistful ingenues, romantic temptresses and tragic adultresses spanned more than eight decades, died Oct. 18 at her home in Bois-le-Roi, France.
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Barbara Cook, one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and cabaret performers, has passed away in her Manhattan home, her representative said Tuesday.
Chloe Grace Moretz plays an ingenue who falls for working-class elevator operator Jack O’Connell.
Star Josh Groban made his Broadway debut and earned his first Tony nomination playing Pierre, the gruff iconoclast who takes pity on disgraced ingenue Natasha.
What do art-house ingenue Dane DeHaan, movie star Chris Hemsworth, and character actor André Holland all have in common?
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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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