heart·​throb | \ ˈhärt-ˌthräb \

Definition of heartthrob 

1 : the throb of a heart
2a : sentimental emotion : passion
b : sweetheart also : a usually renowned man (such as an entertainer) noted for his sex appeal teen heartthrobs

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Bennett, who hosted Cake Wars and starred in many a Hallmark Christmas film since his time as the leading heartthrob, has been posting images from behind the scenes all week on his Instagram. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next Video Is One Big 'Mean Girls' Reunion," 27 Nov. 2018 Riverdale is a veritable rainbow coalition, with a Latinx mob family, a trio of Black pop stars, and an Asian-American heartthrob in Reggie Mantle (real-life model Charles Melton). refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why," 27 May 2018 Musical heartthrob Shawn Mendes stepped on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs with his adorable smile and...a plot to take over Gotham? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Looks Like a Comic Book Villain at the 2018 VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018 As Riverdale has utilized many '90s heartthrobs (Luke Perry and Skeet Ulrich, hubba hubba) by casting them as the parents of Archie and his friends, hopefully the Sabrina reboot will do the same. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Everything You Need to Know," 13 Aug. 2018 Morris will open for Horan's four Australian dates through June 7th, before re-joining the 'Slow Hands' heartthrob for his Latin American and North American tour dates through September. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Maren Morris Debuts New Song 'The Feels' From Upcoming Album: Watch," 6 June 2018 Harry Potter enthusiasts are obviously ecstatic to see Evanna Lynch — known to Potterheads as Luna Lovegood — while Bachelorette fans can't wait to see what heartthrob Grocery Joe Amabile will do. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast Is Sparking A LOT of Drama," 12 Sep. 2018 Dominic Cooper is, once again, Sophie’s heartthrob, Sky. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ Review: A Pop Sequel With Pep," 19 July 2018 The cash deluge helped Democratic heartthrob Beto O’Rourke make even Texas competitive. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Cash Tsunami," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of heartthrob

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heartthrob was in 1796

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English Language Learners Definition of heartthrob

: an attractive and usually famous man

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