Meaning of serventism in English:

serventism

Pronunciation /səːˈvɛntɪz(ə)m/

noun

historical, rare
  • The practice of attending upon a woman (usually a married woman) with exceptional devotion, as her male companion or lover.

    Mainly used with reference to Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Lord Byron (1788–1824), poet. From Italian serventismo from servente (in cavaliere servente) + -ismo.