soubrette

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noun sou·brette \sü-ˈbret\

Definition of soubrette

  1. 1a :  a coquettish maid or frivolous young woman in comediesb :  an actress who plays such a part

  2. 2 :  a soprano who sings supporting roles in comic opera

Origin and Etymology 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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