Definition of ci-devant in English:

ci-devant

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Pronunciation: /ˌsiːdəˈvɒ̃
 
, sidvɑ̃/

adjective

[attributive]
  • From or in an earlier time; former: her ci-devant pupil, now her lover
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    • 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.

Origin

French, 'heretofore'.

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