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CICISBEO (Ital.; of uncertain origin;...

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Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 360 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CICISBEO (Ital.; of uncertain origin; perhaps an inversion of bel cece, "beautiful, chick (pea)," or from Fr. chiche beau; with same meaning), the term in Italy from the 17th century onwards for a dangler about women. The cicisbeo was the professed gallant of a married woman, who attended her at all public entertainments, it being considered unfashionable for the husband to be escort.
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