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n. pl. ci·cis·be·i (-bā′ē′)
The male lover or companion of a married woman, especially in 18th-century Europe.

[Italian, of unknown origin.]


n, pl -bei (-ˈbɛːi)
(Historical Terms) the escort or lover of a married woman, esp in 18th-century Italy
[C18: Italian, of uncertain origin]
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G.: Dame e Cicisbei a Lucca nel tardo Settecento, Lucca, Maria Pacini Fazzi Editore, 2008; Plebani, T.: Un secolo di sentimenti: Amori e conflitti generazionali nella Venezia del Settecento, Venezia, Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti, 2012; Glotz, M., Maire, M.: Salons du XVIIIeme Siecle, Paris, Nouvelles Editions Latines, 1949.
and with cicisbei. As in almost every chapter, Ward takes details from the opera libretti to explore the culture that generates them, from fashion to art, from travel literature to periodicals, and so on.