from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A saucy, coquettish, intriguing maidservant in comedies or comic opera.
- n. An actress or a singer taking such a part.
- n. A young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female servant or attendant, especially as mischievous or cheeky, often featuring in theatrical comedies
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Theat., a maidservant in comedy, frequently a lady's-maid.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
- n. a pert or flirtatious young girl
French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret, conceited, from soubra, to leave aside, from Old Provençal sobrar, to be excessive, from Latin superāre, from super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French soubrette, from Occitan soubreto, the feminine of soubret ‘coy’, from soubra (Provençal sobrar), from Latin superare ‘be above’. (Wiktionary)