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