cicisbeo


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ci·cis·be·o

 (chē′chēz-bā′ō′)
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.]

cicisbeo

(tʃitʃizˈbɛːo)
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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Chapter 8 ("Morals and Malcontents") brings together such typically settecento phenomena as the libretto dedication to the ladies, the cicisbeo (male escort), the castrato, and the vogue for bourgeois sensibility.
Dal canto suo la Marchesa Clarice, in mancanza del suo cicisbeo conte Spasimo che si e dichiarato ammalato, ha dovuto farsi scortare al festino da suo marito marchese Lelio, seccatissimo di doverla servire ("Io son venuto a divertirmi .
After Antonio's departure for London, Andrea is employed as Caterina's cicisbeo - i.