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ci-devant Syllabification: ci-de·vant
Pronunciation: /ˌsēdəˈvänt/

Definition of ci-devant in English:


From or in an earlier time (used to indicate that someone or something once possessed a specified characteristic but no longer does so): her ci-devant student, now her lover
More example sentences
  • The sweat-soaked, frightened, and bedraggled ci-devant dandy hammered at the door of his last-hope refuge.
  • I cannot say I think his manners have much of that elegance which might have been expected from a person of his ci-devant rank.
  • The ci-devant banker, then a widower with an only daughter, Esther, had journeyed to England.


Early 18th century: French, literally 'heretofore'.

Words that rhyme with ci-devant

aide-de-camp, aides-de-camp, anon, Asunción, au courant, begone, Bonn, bon vivant, Caen, Canton, Carcassonne, Ceylon, chaconne, chateaubriand, Colón, colon, Concepción, con (US conn), cretonne, don, Duchamp, Evonne, foregone, fromage blanc, Gabon, Garonne, gone, guenon, hereupon, Inchon, Jean, john, Jon, Le Mans, León, Luzon, Mont Blanc, Narbonne, odds-on, on, outgone, outshone, Perón, phon, piñon, Pinot Blanc, plafond, Ramón, Saigon, Saint-Saëns, Sand, Schwann, scone, shone, side-on, sine qua non, Sorbonne, spot-on, swan, thereon, thereupon, ton, Toulon, undergone, upon, Villon, wan, whereon, whereupon, won, wonton, yon, Yvonne
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