from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An attractive person who accompanies another to public gatherings but is not romantically involved with that person.

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  • noun idiomatic An attractive, seemingly romantic companion who accompanies a person in public simply so that one or both of the individuals can gain attention, enhance social status, or create an impression of sexual appeal.


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Attested US 1992. Presumably derived from eye candy (attested 1984).


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