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Subject: Zerbinette?
Author: Dot   (Authenticated as Spider from Mars)
Date: June 10, 2008 at 4:02:26 PM
I just read in a resource on Commedia dell'Arte that the female lover was often called Isabella or Zerbinette. I am wondering where Zerbinette could have come from. It seems to me like possibly an old pet form of Sabine?

It's probably from the French Commedia performances, given the -ette ending.

Edit: Yes, it appears to be French, as it appears in one of Molière's plays that were influenced by Commedia, as a second-tier lover.

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