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1 an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
2 an artless innocent young girl (especially as portrayed on the stage)
3 the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play

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From the word ingénue, the feminine form of ingénu (meaning "guileless"), originally from the word ingenuus (meaning "ingenuous").



  1. An innocent, unsophisticated, naive, wholesome girl or young woman.
  2. A dramatic role of such a woman; an actress playing such a role.

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  1. Plural of ingenua

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