Prince Charming

Prince Charming

noun
1.
(sometimes lowercase) a man who embodies a woman's romantic ideal.
2.
a man who avidly seeks the attention and affections of women; ladies' man.

Origin:
1840–50; on the pattern of earlier King Charming, ultimately translation (with word order unchanged) of French Roi Charmant, the hero of a fairy tale by the Comtesse Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy (circa 1650–1705)

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Prince Charming
1850, from Fr. Roi Charmant, name of the hero of Comtesse d'Aulnoy's "L'Oiseau Bleu" (1697), adopted into native fairy tales including "Sleeping Beauty" and "Cinderella."
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