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matinée idol

a male actor, usually a leading man, idolized especially by female audiences.
Origin of matinée idol
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Now that I look more like a matinee idol, just how much more do you like me?

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • And no amount of fasting or praying had ever dimmed that certain something in his eye—the something which makes the matinee idol.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • The American "Ace," with his string of medals, then came in for the ennuis of a matinee idol.

    Flying for France James R. McConnell
  • One man, we all decided, could well be a matinee idol and another might have hailed from down Greenwich Village way.

    The Romance of a Great Store Edward Hungerford
  • Quit the drivel of matinee idol longing, and get onto the stage of life and get the bouquets for yourself.

    Supreme Personality Delmer Eugene Croft
  • Even five years before, in the Kootnai country, Jennings had been no matinee idol and Time had not been lenient.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for matinee idol

matinée idol

(esp in the 1930s and 1940s) an actor popular as a romantic figure among women
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