- an innocent, inexperienced, unworldly young woman
- the role of such a character
- an actress playing such a role or roles
Origin of ingénueFr, feminine of ingénu from Classical Latin ingenuus, ingenuous
- A naive, innocent girl or young woman.
- a. The role of an ingénue in a dramatic production.b. An actress playing such a role.
Origin of ingenueFrench feminine of ingénu guileless from Latin ingenuus ingenuous ; see ingenuous .
- Alternative spelling of ingenue.