Cicisbe'o

[che-chiz-bee'-o]. A dangler about women; the professed gallant of a married woman. Also the knot of silk or ribbon which is attached to fans, walking-sticks, umbrellas, etc. Cicis-beism, the practice of dangling about women.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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