soubrette


sou·brette

noun \sü-ˈbret\

Definition of SOUBRETTE

1
a :  a coquettish maid or frivolous young woman in comedies
b :  an actress who plays such a part
2
:  a soprano who sings supporting roles in comic opera

Origin of SOUBRETTE

French, from Occitan soubreto, feminine of soubret coy, from soubra to surmount, exceed, from Latin superare — more at insuperable
First Known Use: 1753

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