soubrette

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soubrette

Pronunciation /suːˈbrɛt/ noun An actress or other female performer playing a lively, flirtatious role in a play or opera.

Origin Mid 18th century French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret ‘coy’, from sobrar, from Latin superare ‘be above’.

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I shall not attempt to be coy, nor will I claim any elevated status. Someone else can be the soubrette of this particular play.

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