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An artless, innocent girl or young woman; the role of such in a dramatic production; or an actress playing such a role.

Francophiles, the picky, and those who like accents on letters (bécáúsé théy lóók cóól, nátch!) may prefer to spell the word ingénue.

In`gé`nue" (aN`zhA`n&usdot;"), n.; pl. -nues (#). [F., fem. of ingénu ingenious.]

An ingenuous or naïve girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.

 

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