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soubrette

a minor female role in comedy, often that of a pert lady's maid
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Soubrette

 

the role of a pert, witty, resourceful, and clever servant girl who helps her masters in their amorous intrigues. The role originated in the Italian commedia dell’arte with the figure of Servetta and then entered French comedy. Examples of the sou-brette are Dorine and Toinette in Moliere’s Tartuffe and Le Malade imaginaire and Suzanne in Beaumarchais’s The Marriage of Figaro. The role of soubrette appeared in the Russian theater in comedies and vaudevilles in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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