Meaning of soubrette

sou•brette

Pronunciation: (s-bret'), [key]
— n.
  1. a maidservant or lady's maid in a play, opera, or the like, esp. one displaying coquetry, pertness, and a tendency to engage in intrigue.
  2. an actress playing such a role.
  3. any lively or pert young woman.
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