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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
That sort of social network remains vital to the world's purveyors of pearls, as well as mansions—as does a new generation of clients, a powerful group that includes numerous ingenues and princesses-to-be.
These aren't the shrinking violets or breathless ingenues.
Liz is blessed with the kind of Broadway-pure soprano that every budding ingenue dreams of having.
Co-starring Cher, Burlesque cast Aguilera as a starry-eyed ingenue turned burlesque performer, in a story intended to parallel her real-life music career.
The producer allegedly invited a young ingenue to his hotel room and tried to persuade her into massages or showering.
The image of former teen ingenue Miley Cyrus twerking on the much-older, then-married singer is forever burned into our psyches, cementing a place in pop culture’s most WTF moments of the decade.
Beautifully shot by director Jean-Pierre Juenet, the film is a lesson on the goings-on of a true ingenue in the city of lights, and made its leading lady, Audrey Tatou, an international star.
From La La Land to Paris, actress and ingenue Elle Fanning made her runway debut at Miu Miu today.
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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."
INGENUE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ingenue for English Language Learners
: an innocent girl or young woman
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