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Prince Charming

(sometimes lowercase) a man who embodies a woman's romantic ideal.
a man who avidly seeks the attention and affections of women; ladies' man.
Origin of Prince Charming
1840-50; on the pattern of earlier King Charming, ultimately translation (with word order unchanged) of French Roi Charmant, the hero of a fairy tale by the Comtesse Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy (circa 1650-1705) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What an unlovely salute for Prince Charming when he should drive up in the rainy, black night, I was thinking in agony!

    At the Age of Eve Kate Trimble Sharber
  • The Prince Charming of the railroad is, indeed, a development.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
  • So the Princess and Prince Charming rode into the country, and they talked about a thousand and one things.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
  • Prince Charming, why have you gone three thousand miles away?

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • But she said she had not the heart for anything because she had lost her lover, Prince Charming.

Word Origin and History for Prince Charming

1837, from French Roi Charmant, name of the hero of Comtesse d'Aulnoy's "L'Oiseau Bleu" (1697). In English he was adopted into native fairy tales including "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella."

As for me, I have always agreed with the fairy books that the moment when Prince Charming arrives is the perfect climax. Everything that goes before in the life of a girl simply leads up to that moment, and everything that comes after dates from it; and while the girl of the twentieth century, sallying forth in search of adventure, may not hope to meet at the next turn a knight in shining armor, or a sighing troubadour, she does hope, if she is normal and has the normal dreams of a girl, to find her hero in some of the men who pass her way. [Temple Bailey, "Adventures in Girlhood," Philadelphia, 1919]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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