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ingenue (n.)

"young woman who displays innocent candor or simplicity," 1848, from French ingénue "artless girl," especially as a character on the stage, noun use of fem. of ingénu "ingenuous, artless, simple" (13c.), from Latin ingenuus "frank, upright, candid," originally "free-born" (see ingenuous). Italicized in English into 20c.

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Definitions of ingenue

ingenue (n.)
an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl;
ingenue (n.)
an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage);
ingenue (n.)
the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play;
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