matinée idol


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

Nearby words

  1. mating,
  2. mating ball,
  3. matins,
  4. matinée,
  5. matinée coat,
  6. matisse,
  7. matisse, henri,
  8. matjes herring,
  9. matlo,
  10. matlock

Origin of matinée idol

First recorded in 1900–05 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matinee idol

  • In the old days of fame, matinee-idol actors and pin-up picture actresses may have been dim bulbs.

    Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law|P. J. O’Rourke|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • 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


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