matinée idol

  1. a male actor, usually a leading man, idolized especially by female audiences.

Origin of matinée idol

First recorded in 1900–05

Words Nearby matinée idol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use matinée idol in a sentence

  • 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

matinée idol

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

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