Not to be confused with Salafist. This dictionary entry works only for those who read Proust since we only find the term in some of his texts. Salaïste would be the equivalent of the term homosexual, which Proust seemed not to like too much. With it, he refers to Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno, called Salai, although some authors prefer to relate the term Salaïste with an acquaintance of Proust, Antoine Vacaresco de Sala.
We prefer the first version. For those who do not know, Salai was a painter, disciple, and assistant to Leonardo da Vinci, as well as a model, and gossips say that he was a lover of the Florentine genius. Salai lived for 25 years with Leonardo and was painted several times, either as a man, as a woman or as an angel related to Saint John the Baptist, as seen in the charcoal drawing entitled “The Incarnated Angel”.
Variations: Salaîsme (homosexuality).
See: Salai in Wikipedia