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matinée idol

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noun
  1. a male actor, usually a leading man, idolized especially by female audiences.
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Origin of matinée idol

First recorded in 1900–05
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  • There is that really august being of matinee-idol figure at—well, let us say at Forty-second Street.

    Turns about Town

    Robert Cortes Holliday


British Dictionary definitions for matinee idol

matinée idol

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