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cicisbeism

[chee-chiz-bey-iz-uh m or, older use, si-sis-bee-] /ˌtʃi tʃɪzˈbeɪ ɪz əm or, older use, sɪˈsɪs bi-/
noun
1.
the social custom of having a cicisbeo, as practiced especially in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; < Italian cicisbeismo. See cicisbeo, -ism
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