Definition of matinee idol in English:

matinee idol

noun

dated, informal
  • A handsome actor admired for his good looks.

    • ‘Instead of fans going after the matinee idol, the actor himself went around to meet a lucky few.’
    • ‘With sculpted features and a mop of dark hair, he became the star of his generation and something of a matinee idol.’
    • ‘You have a natural knack for fashion and occupy a suit like a matinee idol.’
    • ‘He was more a matinee idol rather than an actor, and I have to admit his persona outstripped anyone on the screen in his day with the exception of Marlon Brando.’
    • ‘The guest list includes a countess, a World War I hero, a British matinee idol and an American film producer who makes Charlie Chaplin movies.’
    actor, actress, film actor, film actress, leading man, leading woman, leading lady, lead, principal, performer, starlet
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Pronunciation

matinee idol