soubrette

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English[edit]

Annie Lewis (c. 1869—1896) performing as a soubrette

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French soubrette, from Occitan soubreta (coy) (feminine of soubret), from soubra (Provençal sobrar), from Latin superare (be above).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /suːˈbɹɛt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛt

Noun[edit]

soubrette (plural soubrettes)

  1. A female attendant or servant, especially one who is cheeky or mischievous, often featuring in theatrical comedies.
    • 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. [], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, [], OCLC 21345056, page 77:
      At present I have only a soubrette's part, with an apron and pockets, and a ballad; but, as I said before, luck's all in this world, and I have every requisite for being lucky.
    • 1936, Henry Miller, “The Tailor Shop”, in Black Spring, Paris: The Obelisk Press [], OCLC 459562537; republished New York, N.Y.: Grove Press, 1963, →ISBN, page 98:
      And then too it was exhilarating to see the baron come sailing in with a pair of soubrettes on his arm—each time a different pair.
    • 1969, Film Bulletin, Volume 38, page 127:
      This version of the fragile, yet touching story accents the romance and courtship of the schoolmaster, properly called Mr. Chipping, and the music hall soubrette he falls in love with while vacationing in Pompeii.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      The servants in the hall tonight are whitely-wigged black slaves in livery of a certain grade of satin and refinement of lace,– black Major-domos and black Soubrettes.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Occitan soubreto.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

soubrette f (plural soubrettes)

  1. (theater) maid (female servant (role) in a theatrical performance)
  2. maid (female servant)

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French soubrette.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

soubrette f (invariable)

  1. showgirl

References[edit]

  1. ^ soubrette in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)