Ingenious Definition

Having genius; having great mental ability.
Webster's New World
Marked by or exhibiting originality or inventiveness.
An ingenious solution to the problem.
American Heritage
Clever, resourceful, original, and inventive.
Webster's New World
Having genius; brilliant.
American Heritage
Made or done in a clever or original way.
Webster's New World

Origin of Ingenious

  • From Middle French ingénieux, from Old French engenious, from Latin ingeniosus (“endowed with good natural capacity, gifted with genius”), from ingenium (“innate or natural quality, natural capacity, genius”), from in (“in”) + gignere (“to produce”), Old Latin genere. See also engine.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French ingenios from Latin ingeniōsus from ingenium inborn talent genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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