Borrowed from Italian cicisbeo, of onomatopoeic origin.
cicisbeo (plural cicisbeos or cicisbei)
- (18th century Italy) A knightly servant of a high-born lady.
- A married woman's lover; a kept man.
1957, Lawrence Durrell, Justine:
- Of course a cicisbeo is a normal enough figure in Alexandrian life, but things are going to become socially very boring for you if you go out with those two so much.
Italian knightly servant of a high-born lady
Onomatopoeic of people chatting.
- IPA(key): /tʃi.tʃiˈzbɛ.o/
- Rhymes: -ɛo
- Hyphenation: ci‧ci‧sbè‧o
cicisbeo m (plural cicisbei)
- (18th century) cicisbeo (knightly servant of a high-born lady)
- Synonyms: cavalier servente
- (figuratively) A dandy, a vain young man who is concerned about his appearance, especially in order to attract women.
- Synonyms: bellimbusto, damerino, galletto, vagheggino, zerbinotto