[seeduh-vahn; English see-duh-vahn]
- former: used especially in reference to a retired officeholder.
Origin of ci-devant
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Examples from the Web for ci-devant
He nourished the hope that the ci-devant Vicomte might still be with La Boulaye.The Trampling of the Lilies
It was the citizen of hearts replacing the ci-devant knave of hearts.
He had all the look, there was no denying it, of a ci-devant cleric.
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
- (esp of an office-holder) former; recent