If she has one cicisbeo, or ten, the whole affair is selon les règles.
Heretofore, he had shunned everything that could secure for him the reputation of a cicisbeo.
Gozzi means that he had assumed the rle of cicisbeo to Mme. Ricci.
Love was the great game; every woman had lovers, every married woman openly flaunted her cicisbeo or cavaliere servente.
The cicisbeo is a bony cartilaginous gentleman, fixed perpendicularly on his saddle like a telegraph-pole.
Mme Boursier, knowing the poverty of her paramour, had paid him as her cicisbeo, squandering upon him her children's patrimony.
It must be owned the Lady Louise had some excuse for a measure that seemed to have amazed and horrified her cicisbeo.
One thing let me tell you; never admit your cicisbeo to an unlimited familiarity; they are first suspected.
The restricted intellectual relationship between husband and wife is explained partly by the fact that the cicisbeo still exists.
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.).