[chee-chiz-bey-iz-uh m or, older use, si-sis-bee-]


the social custom of having a cicisbeo, as practiced especially in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Origin of cicisbeism

From the Italian word cicisbeismo, dating back to 1735–45. See cicisbeo, -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cicisbeism

Historical Examples of cicisbeism

  • And it was not as yet vitiated by the institution of Cicisbeism.

  • This is a kind of Cicisbeism, recognised and regulated by customary law, and sanctioned by a definite ceremony.

  • Cicisbeism is not treated in extenso, as it should be, and I also missed the fragrant name of Sophie Arnould.

    The Merry-Go-Round

    Carl Van Vechten

  • She tempts fate when she carries on her gallantries and her Italian cicisbeism under the eyes of Scone Dacres.

    The American Baron

    James De Mille