Definition of Ingenue

1. Noun. An actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl.

Generic synonyms: Actor, Histrion, Player, Role Player, Thespian



2. Noun. An artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage).
Generic synonyms: Juvenile, Juvenile Person

3. Noun. The role of an innocent artless young woman in a play.
Generic synonyms: Character, Part, Persona, Role, Theatrical Role

Definition of Ingenue

1. Noun. An innocent, unsophisticated, naïve, wholesome girl or young woman. ¹

2. Noun. A dramatic role of such a woman; an actress playing such a role. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative spelling of ingenue) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ingenue

1. a naive young woman [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ingenue

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ingenerably
ingenerate
ingeneration
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ingeniate
ingeniosity
ingenious
ingeniously
ingeniousness
ingeniousnesses
ingenite
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ingeniums
ingenu
ingenue (current term)
ingenues
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ingeny
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Literary usage of Ingenue

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1. The Art of Playwriting: Being a Practical Treatise on the Elements of by Alfred Hennequin (1890)
"The characteristics of the ingenue are youth, simplicity, and artless innocence, ... The ingenue may have, and generally does have, opportunities for strong ..."

2. The Harvard Lampoon (1889)
"Miss ingenue.—That's because you will wear that unbecoming, heavy, ... Miss ingenue (getting back at him). — On the whole, I don't care to go to Beck for a ..."

3. Reminiscences by Matilda Betham-Edwards (1898)
"EUGENIE AND HER THURSDAYS—A WOULD-BE "ingenue" 1N WHITE MUSLIN—THE SENTIMENTAL TRIO—PARIS UNDER THE EMPIRE—PARISIAN LIFE A LA BALZAC DURING the following ..."

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