bête de scène

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French, literally ‘beast of the stage’.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bête de scène ‎(plural bête de scènes)

  1. A feral player; an actor whose intense performance is likened to a wild animal.
  2. A performer with innate talent.

Quotations[edit]

  • 2007, John Gaffney, Diana Holmes, Stardom in postwar France, Berghahn Books, page 81:
    "Hallyday was often described as a bête de scène, a charismatic showman who gives his all, to the point of smashing his guitar on stage."

References[edit]

  • Bêtes de scène. Anne Bouvier Cavoret, 2002
  • Insiders' French: beyond the dictionary. Michel Levieux, 1999