E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A type of cunning dexterity, and intrigue. The character is in the Barbier de Séville and Mariage de Figaro, by Beaumarchais. In the former he is a barber, and in the latter a valet; but in both he outwits every one. There are several operas founded on these dramas, as Mozarts Nozze di Figaro, Paisiellos Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Rossinis Il Barbiere di Siviglia.