matinée idol


noun

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

Origin of matinée idol

First recorded in 1900–05
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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

noun

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