Definition of ingénue in English:



  • An innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.

    • ‘Visit a museum, and examine the latest works by the hottest young ingénues.’
    • ‘A guy described me in a magazine as a young ingénue who's desperate for a record deal, and it was just so gross.’
    • ‘Their downfall comes with an attempt to seduce a young ingénue and an older woman.’
    • ‘We were constantly being wrong-footed, set up, walking into complex traps which they had laid for us, with the intention of making us look like terminally unhip, gullible ingénues.’
    • ‘Trying to portray herself as an ingénue, lost in the world of politics, came implausibly from the woman who had first fought a by-election as long ago as 1981, before her husband had mounted his first soap-box.’
    • ‘A young Rita Hayworth, then being carefully groomed by Columbia, gave the part of Nina much more than a simple ingénue reading.’
    • ‘It's more the ultimate rebellion of cutting ties with her past, her youth, her ingénue quality, her sudden fame.’
    • ‘The woman dressed like an Edwardian ingénue and talked like a mystic, but her accent was what you would hear from some lower-class British shopgirl.’
    • ‘We are not dealing with people who are ingénues in the area.’
    • ‘The founders were certainly no ingénues, being a mix of aspiring broadcasters and more seasoned radio veterans.’
    • ‘These are the old-time climbers that take out the ingénues, teach them to tie knots and pick up trash, and while they're at it, facilitate their protégés’ discovery of the namaste.’
    • ‘We do learn that Olive was wild and independent, refusing to live as a shy ingénue.’
    • ‘I was never a cheerleader, never an ingénue, never the homecoming queen.’
    • ‘A sign of how skilful a manipulator of the media she has been is the idea which took hold that she was a helpless ingénue, caught up in a maelstrom out of her control and the victim of a politician with powerful media connections.’
    • ‘The ingénues have magnificent voices but, God, it would be magical if they had personalities to match.’
    • ‘But anarchy soon arrived in the form of a skinny ingénue insisting on a boy's bag.’
    • ‘She was smart and you could see it, even when she was playing the ingénue.’
    • ‘I feel inside as though I am the ingénue student I was at 20, the cool girl living in New York when I was 28, the nest-building just-married of 32 and the new mother of 34.’
    • ‘And so it remains today - still a refreshing alternative to the hollow pop songs of our time and the breasty ingénues who sing them.’
    unworldly person, naive person
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French, feminine of ingénu ‘ingenuous’, from Latin ingenuus (see ingenuous).