matinee idol


Definition of matinee idol

: a handsome male performer

Examples of matinee idol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With his matinee idol good looks and genial personality, Bobby Jon was an immediate standout on Survivor: Palau. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Bobby Jon Drinkard reveals his biggest regret," 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, "Brian Dennehy Found the Tragic Grandeur in Ordinary Lives," 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, "Renée Zellweger captures an Oscar for ‘Judy,’ becoming the third Texan to be awarded best actress," 10 Feb. 2020 The man's a pent-up goalscoring machine/matinee idol waiting to be unleashed., "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: International Break Special," 18 Oct. 2019 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

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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 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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