matinee idol


: a handsome male performer

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Camp, king of the character actors, takes on the matinee idol James, while Marvel, always a tower of evident strength onstage, must find a way to dissolve as Mary. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2022 There's Jack Conrad, a leathering matinee idol modeled on the real John Gilbert, and played here by Brad Pitt, more Rick Dalton than Cliff Booth in his realization that his days in the spotlight are numbered. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 23 Dec. 2022 Manny’s serendipity continues with a chance encounter with Hollywood’s stalwart matinee idol Jack Conrad, played by Brad Pitt. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 20 Dec. 2022 Brad Pitt is Jack Conrad, a much-married matinee idol sliding into middle age and ever-deeper vats of alcohol. Leah Greenblatt,, 16 Dec. 2022 The other key figure is Jack Conrad (Brad Pitt), a pioneering matinee idol in the mold of John Gilbert and Douglas Fairbanks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Dec. 2022 His career took him from a skinny matinee idol during World War II, to the consummate interpreter of the American songbook. Liz Smith, Good Housekeeping, 20 July 2022 Cruz plays an artsy director who won’t play by anyone else’s rules and Banderas is a matinee idol who finds himself under her command. The Editors, Town & Country, 8 June 2022 In this southwest Michigan kitchen, part of the main living area in Elizabeth and Chris Fisher's new home, polished stainless steel grabs attention like a matinee idol. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matinee idol was in 1897

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Cite this Entry

“Matinee idol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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