soubrette

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n soubrette a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
    • n soubrette a pert or flirtatious young girl
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Soubrette A female servant or attendant; specifically, as a term of the theater, a lady's maid, in comedies, who acts the part of an intrigante; a meddlesome, mischievous female servant or young woman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soubrette Theat., a maidservant in comedy, frequently a lady's-maid. The part is usually characterized by coquetry, pertness, effrontery, and a spirit of intrigue: by extension the term is applied to almost any part exhibiting these qualities.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Soubrette sōō-bret′ a maid-servant in a comedy, conventionally pert, coquettish, and intriguing.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

It is sung by tenor, principal comedian, and soubrette.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Eva said it was the kind of a thing a soubrette would use, rather than an elderly business man.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
But he is carrying on dreadfully with a soubrette in New York.
"The Love Affairs of an Old Maid" by Lilian Bell
She was a soubrette, trim, dainty and confident.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Prettiest soubrette that's hit the town in a dog's age.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
It was something to replace the nurse of elder comedy by the soubrette.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
That's another place where you soubrette worriers have us figured out wrong.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Gaudy garments of the soubrette hung on the wall.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
On the little isle they were satisfied to marry soubrettes and chorus girls.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
She is a saucy soubrette; she belongs to vaudeville.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
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In news:

Cirque de soubrette Play about actors can't seem to find its motivation.
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