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matinee idol

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n matinee idol someone who is adored blindly and excessively
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Usage

In literature:

GARRICK, an old English matinee idol.
"Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date" by Anonymous
But Mr. Montagu went to America, and, after five years of life as a matinee idol, died there.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Quit the drivel of matinee idol longing, and get onto the stage of life and get the bouquets for yourself.
"Supreme Personality" by Delmer Eugene Croft
She had been as foolish over him as a schoolgirl in the matter of a matinee idol.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
Even five years before, in the Kootnai country, Jennings had been no matinee idol and Time had not been lenient.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
If that fellow's a lady charmer, I'll hire out for a matinee idol!
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
She was supported by Harry Ainley, at that time England's great matinee idol.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Pretty picture for a matinee idol!
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
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In news:

It is by no means a stretch to call George Clooney a modern-day matinee idol.
If the Italian matinee idol Marcello Mastroianni was in his prime these days, and inclined toward two-wheeling, no doubt he'd have multiple motocicli.
Jean Dujardin (left) portrays George Valentin, a matinee idol on his way down, and Berenice Bejo plays Peppy Miller, a film extra who enjoys a meteoric rise in popularity.
With the 1907 marriage of British actress Daisy Scudamore to matinee idol Roy Redgrave, an acting dynasty was born that has profoundly touched the worlds of stage, screen, television and politics in the 105 years since.
Matinee Idol Takes Center Stage.
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