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A.Word.A.Day--ingenue

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This week's theme: Words from theater

ingenue (AN-zhuh-noo, -nyoo) noun

1. The role of an artless, innocent girl.
2. An actress who plays such a role.

[From French ingénue (guileless), from Latin ingenuus (free-born).]

"Ida Lupino shed her ingenue image by gunning for hard-edged roles."
Carrie Rickey; First Heyday of Gay; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Jun 7, 2007.

See more usage examples of ingenue in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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