- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑnʒənu/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌænʒeɪˈnjuː/
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ingenue (plural ingenues)
- An innocent, unsophisticated, naïve, wholesome girl or young woman.
- A dramatic role of such a woman; an actress playing such a role.
- (rare) An innocent, unsophisticated, naïve, wholesome person.
- 2002 Spring, Gonsalves, Joshua David, “What Makes Lord Byron Go? Strong Determinations-Public/Private-of Imperial Errancy”, in Studies in Romanticism, volume 41, number 1, Psychoanalytic, page 40fn:
- I cannot resist citing, slightly out of context, another bit of Baudelaire: "Satan s'est fait ingénu" (Satan has made himself into an ingenue [Oeuvres Completes 640])
- 2006 September, McFadden, Kevin, “It's a Cue, the Name”, in Poetry, volume 188, number 5, page 417:
- America why callow ingenue bile?
The corresponding masculine term, ingenu, is poorly known, and so the feminine term is sometimes used in a gender-neutral or masculine way. (See the 2002 citation, where the explicit masculine French is feminized in English.)
ingenue f pl
- plural of