gig·​o·​lo | \ ˈji-gə-ˌlō How to pronounce gigolo (audio) , ˈzhi- \
plural gigolos

Definition of gigolo

1 : a man supported by a woman usually in return for his attentions
2 : a professional dancing partner or male escort

Examples of gigolo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The woman is wearing a chic Eres bikini; the man's suntan is nut brown, like a '70s gigolo. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, "Falling in Love With St. Barts All Over Again," 10 Apr. 2020 The murder victim is a dancer-cum-gigolo engaged to a rich widow. WSJ, "Five Best: Laura Thompson," 30 Mar. 2018 By 1944, Vélez was dating a handsome Austrian gigolo named Harald Ramond. Hadley Meares, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Turbulent Life and Tragic Death of “Mexican Spitfire” Lupe Velez," 8 Feb. 2018 Andrew, good-looking and glibly sophisticated, becomes a gigolo to some very rich sugar daddies in San Diego. Tom Gliatto,, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," 17 Jan. 2018 Belgian Matteo Simoni is best known for his role in Callboys, a cult comedy series about a group of hapless gigolos. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Shooting Stars 2018 Unveiled," 19 Dec. 2017 The complaint challenged her mother’s competency and led to criminal charges against the man, who was portrayed as a gigolo. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94," 21 Sep. 2017 PG-13 - G.T. How to be a Latin Lover (Not previewed) An aging gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) tries to woo a widow (Raquel Welch) with the help of his estranged sister (Salma Hayek). Gary Thompson,, "Movies: New and Noteworthy," 21 May 2017 The 3,136-pounder is not just a gigolo, brought in to serve Joan, Basilla and Kulu. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Not just another pretty face," 21 June 2017

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First Known Use of gigolo

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gigolo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gigolo

: a man who is paid by a woman to be her lover and companion

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