Definition of matinee idol in English:

matinee idol

noun

informal, dated
  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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

Pronunciation

matinee idol