- an escort or lover of a married woman.
Origin of cicisbeo
Examples from the Web for cicisbeo
Historical Examples of cicisbeo
Heretofore, he had shunned everything that could secure for him the reputation of a cicisbeo.Jessamine
Gozzi means that he had assumed the rle of Cicisbeo to Mme. Ricci.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi
Count Carlo Gozzi
Love was the great game; every woman had lovers, every married woman openly flaunted her cicisbeo or cavaliere servente.The Venetian School of Painting
Evelyn March Phillipps
Mme Boursier, knowing the poverty of her paramour, had paid him as her cicisbeo, squandering upon him her children's patrimony.She Stands Accused
It must be owned the Lady Louise had some excuse for a measure that seemed to have amazed and horrified her cicisbeo.At Last
- the escort or lover of a married woman, esp in 18th-century Italy
Word Origin for cicisbeo
1718, from Italian cicisbeo "the recognized gallant of a married woman." Perhaps from older French chiche beau "little man," or from Venetian dialect cici "the chattering of women" (imitative, attested in 18c.).