sou·​brette | \ sü-ˈbret How to pronounce soubrette (audio) \

Definition of soubrette

1a : 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

Examples of soubrette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That show featured a song called 'The Yama Yama Man,’ in which chorus girls cavorted in Yama Yama suits while a soubrette sang about the creepy Yama Yama Man. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: The cute redhead — such a diva! — fled from the “unacceptable riffraff” dining at the out-back seedhouse!," 5 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of soubrette

1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for soubrette

French, from Occitan soubreto, feminine of soubret coy, from soubra to surmount, exceed, from Latin superare — more at insuperable

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“Soubrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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