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Meaning of cicisbeism

ci•cis•be•ism

Pronunciation: (chē"chiz-bā'iz-um or, older, si-sis'bē-), [key]
— n.
  1. the social custom of having a cicisbeo, as practiced esp. in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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