Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Former.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Former, late; formerly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Former; previous; of times gone by.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Former; late; ex-: applied to a person with reference to an office or a position which he no longer occupies.

Etymologies

French : ci, here + devant, before.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French ci-devant. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Peculiar things have been happening to the thread dedicated to the ci-devant Attorney General, which was opened yesterday, was inaccessible for most of today, reappeared and has now vanished for good.

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  • J'ignore également si quelqu'un de ceux dont j'ai fait mention ci-devant, auroit composé quelque autre ouvrage sur le même sujet.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • Politically, he protected the ci-devant nobles, and prevented, to the extent of his power, the sale of the lands and property of the emigres; commercially, he furnished the Republican armies with two or three thousand puncheons of white wine, and took his pay in splendid fields belonging to a community of women whose lands had been reserved for the last lot.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • Amelie de Chandour posed as the rival queen of Angouleme; her husband, M. de Chandour, known in the circle as Stanislas, was a ci-devant young man, slim still at five-and-forty, with a countenance like a sieve.

    Two Poets

  • Serizy, who became through his wife the brother-inlaw of the ci-devant Marquis de Rouvre, made count and chamberlain by the

    A Start in Life

  • Very shortly the carriage rolled over the paved road of Tours, over the bridge, along the Grande – Rue, and stopped at last before the old mansion of the ci-devant Marquise de

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Tall ci-devant Count d'Estaing, anxious to show himself Patriot, cannot escape; nor Bailly, who, when asked If he knows the Accused, answers with a reverent inclination towards her, 'Ah, yes, I know Madame'.

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  • The cooking world was large enough to hold Kitchener and the ci-devant chef to the most Christian King Louis XVI. and the Right Honourable the

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  • On a winter evening many years subsequent to the above-mentioned occurrences, the ci-devant shepherd sat in a well-furnished office in the north wing of Shakeforest Towers in the guise of an ordinary educated man of business.

    A Changed Man

  • Santerre, who sat next to him, was in every respect unlike the ci-devant nobleman.

    La Vend�e

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