cicisbeo

cicisbeo

[chee-chiz-bey-oh or, older use, si-sis-bee-oh; Italian chee-cheez-be-oh]
noun, plural cicisbei [chee-chiz-bey-ee or, older use, si-sis-bee-ee; Italian chee-cheez-be-ee] (esp. in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries)
an escort or lover of a married woman.

Origin:
< Italian

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cicisbeo (tʃitʃizˈbɛːo)
 
n , pl -bei
the escort or lover of a married woman, esp in 18th-century Italy
 
[C18: Italian, of uncertain origin]

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cicisbeo
1718, from It., "the recognized gallant of a married woman." Perhaps from Fr. chiche beau, or from Venetian dialect cici "the chattering of women" (attested in 18c.).
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