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.
mid 18th century: French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret 'coy', from sobrar, from Latin superare 'be above'.
Definition of soubrette in:
- The US English dictionary