Definition of soubrette in English:

soubrette

Syllabification: sou·brette
Pronunciation: /so͞oˈbret
 
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noun

  • A minor female role in a comedy, typically that of a pert maidservant.
    More example sentences
    • Swanilda is a soubrette role, but it requires a dancer with the authority of a ballerina.
    • For example, we hear how she treats Rosina and Norina as intelligent soubrettes - she squeals and giggles her way through both roles delightfully.
    • The soubrette of the piece, Musetta, is supposed to offer comic relief to the central tragic affair.

Origin

mid 18th century: French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret 'coy', from sobrar, from Latin superare 'be above'.

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