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noun (plural cicisbei or cicisbeos)
A married woman’s male companion or lover.
- The cicisbeo was often chosen by common agreement of husband and wife when drawing up the marriage contract.
- The roommate asked me today if the cicisbeo had ever hit on me.
- At last he was a full-fledged cavaliere servente, a cicisbeo, an official gigolo whose prior rights, by old Italian custom, are fully recognized by the husband.
Early 18th century: Italian, of unknown origin.
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