Todays word: ” soubrette”

Word: soubrette

PRONUNCIATION:

(soo-BRET)

MEANING:

noun:
1. A maidservant or lady’s maid in a play or an opera, especially one who displays coquetry and engages in intrigue.
2. A young woman regarded as flirtatious.
3. A soprano who sings supporting roles in comic opera.

ETYMOLOGY:

From French soubrette (maidservant), from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret (coy), from soubra (to set aside), from Latin superare (to be above). Ultimately from the Indo-European root uper (over) which is also the source of over, sovereign, super, supreme, sirloin, soprano, somersault, and hyper. Earliest documented use: 1753.

USAGE:

“Paloma Herrera played the soubrette who lures the hero from his longtime girlfriend, abandoning her own fiancé in the process.”
Elizabeth Zimmer; Stars in Alignment; The Australian (Sydney); Aug 1, 2009.

“Rebecca Bottone’s light soubrette contrasts well with Watts’s more voluptuous timbre.”
Hugh Canning; Catch Her If You Can; The Sunday Times (London, UK); Nov 8, 2009.

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