soubrette

play
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


Learn More about soubrette


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up soubrette? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!