A man who is hired as an escort or a dancing partner for a woman.
The definition of a gigolo is a derogatory term for a male escort or dancing partner, or is a term used for a man who is supported by a woman in exchange for being her lover or escort.
An attractive young man who is supported by a rich older woman is an example of a gigolo.
A man who is paid to be a dancing partner or escort for women.
A man who is the lover of a woman and is supported by her.
A man who has a continuing sexual relationship with and receives financial support from a usually older woman.
Origin of gigolo
- French perhaps from gigolette dancing girl, prostitute from giguer to dance from gigue fiddle from Old French gigot
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- First attested in English in 1922. From French gigolo (“young lover kept by an older woman”) (first attested in that sense in 1901; attested since 1894 in the sense "elegant young man whose means of livelihood are dubious", and since 1850 in the sense "lover of a gigolette or pimp"),, a back-formation from gigolette (“promiscuous dancing girl, girl available for hire as a dancing partner”) (attested since 1850), from giguer (“to dance”), from gigue (“fiddle”).