matinee idol


Definition of matinee idol

: a handsome male performer

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So for the film’s premiere the actress dressed as matinee idol in a vibrant and glamorous dress of reflective paillettes by Armani Privé. Vogue, "Last Week, Couture and Cool Girls Reigned Supreme," 27 May 2019 Wearing a short-sleeve blue shirt with a camp collar, olive khakis and white Jack Purcell Converse sneakers, Skarsgård looks like a ’50s matinee idol. Alex Bhattacharji, WSJ, "Alexander Skarsgård in His Element," 6 Sep. 2018 Image Dad and Mom are James (Mr. Irons), an aging matinee idol, and Mary (Ms. Manville), his eternally anxious wife, who once dreamed of becoming a nun. New York Times, "Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Lead a Hard-Run ‘Long Day’s Journey’," 13 May 2018 Actor and singer Tab Hunter, whose blond all-American good looks made him a matinee idol and poster boy for Eisenhower-era optimism, has died. Gina Piccalo,, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018 The press conference represents the beginning of Mercury 7 as an unprecedented pop culture phenomenon, an irresistible hybrid of the American cowboy with the matinee idol. Carol Motsinger,, "59 years ago today, the world met the Mercury 7. Ohio was there, too.," 9 Apr. 2018 All of our matinee idols were there, including Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Millie Bobby Brown, Margot Robbie and Jack Kilmer. Booth Moore, The Hollywood Reporter, "Calvin Klein's Latest Blockbuster Was Food For Thought on a Runway Covered In Popcorn," 14 Feb. 2018 Slender and handsome, G-Eazy is hip-hop’s matinee idol, a white rapper with an outsize ego and a skill set that occasionally matches it. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "3 Rappers Peeking at Eminem’s Playbook," 18 Dec. 2017 No one’s idea of a matinee idol, the burly Prima was almost 20 years Ms. Smith’s senior. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Keely Smith, nightclub singing sensation with husband Louis Prima, dies at 89," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of matinee idol

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of matinee idol was in 1897

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English Language Learners Definition of matinee idol

somewhat old-fashioned : a handsome male actor who is popular with women

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