One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A handsome actor admired for his good looks.
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- ‘With sculpted features and a mop of dark hair, he became the star of his generation and something of a matinee idol.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead of fans going after the matinee idol, the actor himself went around to meet a lucky few.’
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