Meaning of “matinee idol” in the English Dictionary

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"matinee idol" in British English

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matinee idolnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmæt.ɪ.neɪ ˌaɪ.dəl/ us /mæt̬.ənˈeɪ ˌaɪ.dəl/ old-fashioned

a male actor, especially in films of the 1930s and 1940s, who was very attractive to women

(Definition of “matinee idol” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)