Cicisbeo

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cicisbeo A knot of silk or ribbon attached to a fan, walking stick, etc.
    • Cicisbeo A professed admirer of a married woman; a dangler about women.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cicisbeo In Italy, since the seventeenth century, the name given to a professed gallant and attendant of a married woman; one who dangles about women.
    • n cicisbeo A bow of silk or ribbon with long pendent ends attached to a walking-stick, the hilt of a sword, or the handle of a fan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cicisbeo chē-chēs-bā′o a married woman's gallant or cavaliere servente in Italy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

But to kiss a wife, to become a cicisbeo!
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
It was evident that Lord Chetwynde's case was not that of the conventional cicisbeo.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Gozzi becomes her Cicisbeo, ii.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
She sang the new airs and her Cicisbeo accompanied her.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
She sang the new airs and her Cicisbeo accompanied her.
"The Dead Lake and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Gozzi becomes her Cicisbeo, ii.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
I concluded to find Monsieur Sordeville, remembering the advice Madame Dauberny had given me before her cicisbeo's arrival.
"Frédérique; vol. 1" by Charles Paul de Kock
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