Definition of ci-devant in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌsiːdəˈvɒ̃
, sidvɑ̃/


From or in an earlier time; former: her ci-devant pupil, 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.


French, 'heretofore'.

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