a male actor, usually a leading man, idolized especially by female audiences.
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How to use matinée idol in a sentence
In the old days of fame, matinee-idol actors and pin-up picture actresses may have been dim bulbs.
Pattinson seems to relish the opportunity to shed his image as a matinee idol and portray a predatory capitalist.The Crush for Cronenberg’s Cannes Competition Entry, ‘Cosmopolis’ | Richard Porton | May 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
In one of his first movies, Robert Redford also makes a striking impression as the gay matinee idol who marries the naive Daisy.'The Artist,' 'Hugo,' and the History of Movies About Movies | Stephen Farber | December 28, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
But a dashing, magnetic fifty-eight-year-old matinee idol with three ex-wives notched on his bedpost?
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
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
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
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
British Dictionary definitions for matinée idol
(esp in the 1930s and 1940s) an actor popular as a romantic figure among women
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