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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Then there was the greatest front row duo of all time in Paris: Call Me By Your Name heartthrob Timothée Chalamet and dame Isabelle Huppert. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Kendall Jenner and Keyshia Ka’oir Davis Go for Sparkle," 20 Jan. 2018 The Wonder Woman heartthrob, 37, and The Mummy actress, 33, stepped out hand in hand on Wednesday afternoon after months of speculation about their relationship. Melania Hidalgo, PEOPLE.com, "London Love! Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis Spotted Holding Hands For the First Time," 5 July 2018 Marlon Brando appears as both a female heartthrob and a gay icon. New York Times, "Warhol at the Whitney: From Myth to Man," 19 June 2018 John Mayer exists in many different forms: crooning heartthrob musician, Visvim completist, Nike campaign star, watch nerd. Cam Wolf, GQ, "John Mayer, Skincare Blogger," 23 Apr. 2018 Move over, Archie Andrews — there’s a new heartthrob in town. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "See Riverdale Star Camila Mendes' Hunky New Boyfriend, Victor Houston," 2 July 2018 This week's view count for the music video featuring the two young heartthrobs exceeded 2.4 million times and will likely increase as the plot thickens in the series. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "TWICE's 'Candy Pop' Rules Four Metrics to Take Top Spot on Japan Hot 100," 18 Feb. 2018 Jacob Sartorius only started his YouTube channel three months ago, but in that short time, the Music.ly heartthrob has amassed 1.5 million unwavering followers. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Jacob Sartorius Reveals He's Adopted in Uplifting New Video Blog," 24 Aug. 2016 The 25-year-old starts his tour at a local donut shop (unfortunately, there isn’t a Pop’s Diner in real life) and enjoys one of the perks of being a modern-day teen heartthrob: No charge! Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "24 Hours With Cole Sprouse: The," 17 May 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of heartthrob

: an attractive and usually famous man

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