cicisbeo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Italian cicisbeo, of onomatopoeic origin.

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Noun[edit]

cicisbeo (plural cicisbeos or cicisbei)

  1. (18th century Italy) A knightly servant of a high-born lady.
  2. 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.

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic of people chatting.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tʃi.tʃiˈzbɛ.o/
  • Rhymes: -ɛo
  • Hyphenation: ci‧ci‧sbè‧o

Noun[edit]

cicisbeo m (plural cicisbei)

  1. (18th century) cicisbeo (knightly servant of a high-born lady)
    Synonyms: cavalier servente
  2. (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

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