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sou·brette  audio  (s-brt) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A saucy, coquettish, intriguing maidservant in comedies or comic opera.
    2. An actress or a singer taking such a part.
  1. A young woman regarded as flirtatious or frivolous.

ETYMOLOGY:
French, from Provençal soubreto, feminine of soubret, conceited, from soubra, to leave aside, from Old Provençal sobrar, to be excessive, from Latin superre, from super, above; see uper in Indo-European roots


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