Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Dictionaries Word of the Day: CICISBEO

CICISBEO (CHEE chihz BAY oh)

The lover or escort of a married woman (and a word originally applied to amorous gallants of 18th-century Italy). The young architect who's been increasingly seen with unhappily married Mrs. DuCamp at gallery openings? Or Steve, who's been seen repeatedly in the back row of the local movie house nibbling popcorn off Alice M's shoulder while Joe M. is out of town? Cheeky cicisbeos both. Lovers? Or just riends?



from Dimboxes, Epopts, and Other Quidams: Words to Describe Life's Indescribable People by David Grambs

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