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See also: Soubrette
soubrette (plural soubrettes)
- A female attendant or servant, especially one who is cheeky or mischievous, often featuring in theatrical comedies.
- 1837, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], “Success”, in Ethel Churchill: Or, The Two Brides. […], volume II, London: Henry Colburn, […], →OCLC, 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.
- 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.
mischievous female in comedy
soubrette f (plural soubrettes)
- “soubrette”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
soubrette f (invariable)