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 Audrey Hepburn plays the party girl, George Peppard is a gigolo/aspiring writer, and the less said about Mickey Rooney, the better, in Blake Edwards’ classic 1961 rom-com based on the Truman Capote novel. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 The concept for the series was inspired by his movie How to Be a Latin Lover, about a fading gigolo dumped by his wealthy 80-year-old wife. Veronica Villafañe, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 But when Mara meets 25-year-old gigolo Milan, the walls come down. Anna Tatarska, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 Cunanan, a gay gigolo with a genius-level IQ who lived his formative years in California, is known to have murdered at least five people throughout his 1997 killing spree, which began with his murder of an acquaintance in Minneapolis. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 4 Aug. 2021 Helmut, born in Berlin to a well-off Jewish family, had left Germany in 1938 and ended up in Australia after a detour as a gigolo in Singapore. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Kubiak had not aspired to be a gigolo, and his path to Las Vegas was a circuitous one. Hallie Lieberman,, 14 Apr. 2021 On the other hand, others characterized him according to prevailing stereotypes of African Americans at the time — a lazy, half-witted and drunken gigolo who could hardly keep a job. Paul Minifee Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Mar. 2021 The woman is wearing a chic Eres bikini; the man's suntan is nut brown, like a '70s gigolo. Kate Holstein, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of gigolo

1922, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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