matinee idol


Definition of matinee idol

: a handsome male performer

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Recent Examples on the Web The show is so important to the station that Fernández is part of their logo, a Mount Rushmore of ranchera that also includes matinee idol Pedro Infante and singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2021 More than one observer has pinpointed the peculiar dynamic of matinee idol Russell speaking his brother’s lines about loneliness, alienation, and erotic obsession. Nate Jones, Vulture, 24 June 2021 Instead, the production’s driving force was Tyrone Power, the matinee idol who was the studio’s premier leading man from the late 1930s through the 1940s. David Mermelstein, WSJ, 22 May 2021 Meet Hollywood’s new quarterback, more matinee usher than matinee idol, a stolid bit of sturdy known as Matthew Stafford. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2021 This would include Clemson matinee idol Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and the top three QBs in the 2020 draft, Joe Burrow (Bengals), Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) and Justin Herbert (Judases). Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2020 With his matinee idol good looks and genial personality, Bobby Jon was an immediate standout on Survivor: Palau. Dalton Ross,, 6 Aug. 2020 Though his character, James Tyrone, was a retired matinee idol, Mr. Dennehy refrained from the easy temptation of playing the ham. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 For Zellweger, the transformation started in 1996, after her star turn in Jerry Maguire, in which her co-headliner was matinee idol Tom Cruise. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of matinee idol

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Matinee idol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of matinee idol

: a handsome male actor who is popular with women


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