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What would be the best way to express the following:

His [...] is someone who <a list of attributes>

The context is a man uttering the above phrase and describing what a hypothetical ideal woman from his perspective would look like. (of course, it could be with genders swapped, but let's stay with this for the sake of the example)

If I used "ideal woman" I feel it seems to refer to an already existing person, but I wanted to express a purely idealistic concept. The word/phrase should not make it feel like referring to an actual person, but to a batch of attributes.

If I directly translate from other languages, I would say "women's ideal", but I'm not sure if that means what I think it means. The possessive makes me unsure. Does it mean what I intend to say, or does the possessive makes it into something belonging to a woman?

Another such translation would be "woman-ideal", but it feels strange and not English-sounding to me.

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"Ideal woman" is the term you want. It specifically references a non-existent person and compares it to one who exists.

She is his ideal woman.

Means that this woman matches up with his concept of the "ideal woman".

So, it's perfectly appropriate to say something like:

He spent so much time looking for his ideal woman that he missed out on love entirely.
His ideal woman is tall, witty, gorgeous, adventuresome, intelligent and considerate.


"Women's ideal" or "woman's ideal" is exactly the opposite. It means what a woman finds ideal in a partner.

He is the women's ideal [partner] - tall, witty, gorgeous, adventuresome, intelligent and considerate.

You could do "men's ideal" or "man's ideal" in the same way.

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