cicisbeo


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cicisbeo

A social role played by a man in post-renaissance Italy. Cicisbeos were the professed public companions or lovers of married noblewomen, and accompanied their mistresses in public functions with their husband’s expressed or tacit approval.
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"Sobre el cicisbeo y el chichisveo: ?una misma realidad del siglo XVIII?".
"Cicisbeo secondo Gerardo Lobo e Francisco Benegassi: un italianismo nella vita sociale e mondana della Spagna del primo Settecento".
Both Ketton-Cremer and Lewis write rather complacently of Walpole's role as cicisbeo. The object of his cicesbeatura was Marchesa Elisabetta Grifoni.
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.e., as a companion who is to escort and protect her when she appears in public.