noun, plural ci·cis·be·i [chee-chiz-bey-ee or, older use, si-sis-bee-ee; Italian chee-cheez-be-ee] /ˌtʃi tʃɪzˈbeɪ i or, older use, sɪˈsɪs biˌi; Italian ˌtʃi tʃizˈbɛ i/. (esp. in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries)
Origin of cicisbeo
Examples from the Web for cicisbeo
Mme Boursier, knowing the poverty of her paramour, had paid him as her cicisbeo, squandering upon him her children's patrimony.She Stands Accused|Victor MacClure
Gozzi means that he had assumed the rle of Cicisbeo to Mme. Ricci.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi|Count Carlo Gozzi
If she has one Cicisbeo, or ten, the whole affair is selon les règles.
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
One thing let me tell you; never admit your Cicisbeo to an unlimited familiarity; they are first suspected.The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
British Dictionary definitions for cicisbeo
noun plural -bei (-ˈbɛːi)
Word Origin for cicisbeo
Word Origin and History 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.).