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[seeduh-vahn; English see-duh-vahn] /sidəˈvɑ̃; English ˌsi dəˈvɑ̃/
adjective, French.
former: used especially in reference to a retired officeholder.
Origin of ci-devant
literally, heretofore Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for ci-devant
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  • He nourished the hope that the ci-devant Vicomte might still be with La Boulaye.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • It was the citizen of hearts replacing the ci-devant knave of hearts.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • He had all the look, there was no denying it, of a ci-devant cleric.

    The Gods are Athirst Anatole France
  • How ardently he regretted that he had complied with the prayer of the ci-devant!

    A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Even the ci-devant Ranger inclines to a similar way of thinking.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • He is a ci-devant noble, who became mayor by intrigues and cabals.'

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • The ci-devant marquis was caught disguised in her apartment.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The ci-devant sweeper, in his smart livery, appeared at the door.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She was extremely fond of her ci-devant lodger, the illustrious Istar.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • The ci-devant Marquis of Talaru has only a little office, and he pays that price.

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for ci-devant


(esp of an office-holder) former; recent
Word Origin
literally: heretofore
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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