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Definition of "ingénue" [ingenue]

  • An innocent, unsophisticated, naïve, wholesome girl or young woman. (noun)
  • A dramatic role of such a woman; an actress playing such a role. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "ingénue" in a sentence
  • "As always, the ingenue was a docile, saintly (with one slip) place-holder, but Elena Shaddow, who was the girl in The Light in the Piazza did her level best with her, and has a lovely, clear voice."
  • "But you can bet they're wishing that their ingenue was a little less ripe and a lot more bashful:"
  • "Fifty years ago, that stage was the Met, the opera was Don Giovanni, and the ingenue was a 19-year-old soprano from the Bronx, Roberta Peters."
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