ingénue

[ an-zhuh-noo, -nyoo; French an-zhey-ny ]SEE DEFINITION OF ingénue
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I was no longer "Diane," the ingenue whom she patronized as well as admired.

The result is extravagantly and deliciously funny—Just the Book for an Ingenue.

Usually, indeed, she is charming in what are called "ingenue" rles.

It was rumored that he and the ingenue—but there, I am not supposed to tell secrets.

She suggested an ingenue who had been suddenly sent on in the role of the Russian adventuress.

Evidently she is cast for the 'ingenue' part in this little social drama!

The result is extravagantly and deliciously funny–Just the Book for an Ingenue.

There, seeking asylum from the greater heat of the wings he came upon the ingenue, indulging in the luxury of exhausted tears.

It was the part of an ingenue, which just suited Geraldine's youth and naivette.

For thus did the starry happiness that glowed within the beatific bosom of the little "ingenue" make Arcady around her.

WORD ORIGIN

1848, from French ingénue "artless girl, especially on the stage," fem. of ingénu "ingenuous, artless, simple" (13c.), from Latin ingenuus (see ingenuous). Italicized in English into 20c.

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