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These women are usually celebrities: movie stars, socialites, journalists, etc, and they usually make a point of always dating men who are a few decades younger than they are.

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    Interesting question. I don't think there is an exact traslation for English cougar, the Italian tardona doesn't imply that the woman is dating a young man but only that she is old and behaves as if she's young (and actually she's ridiculous). However, I prefer men older than me hahaha
    – CarLaTeX
    Dec 3 '16 at 5:12
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    @FrancescoAnastasio: In English is cougar woman.
    – CarLaTeX
    Dec 3 '16 at 9:46
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    There is an old phrase to indicate an older woman who more or less routinely, more or less cheaply ;-), would introduce young cadets to sex. It is nave scuola ("school ship").
    – LSerni
    Dec 3 '16 at 12:25
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    @LSerni That's not the case here. I mean women who date and eventually marry men who are much younger. As CarLaTex mentioned, the English equivalent is "a cougar"
    – Centaurus
    Dec 3 '16 at 14:59
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    @Centaurus , I know. That's why I made it a comment and not an answer; I hope that someone might find it useful yet.
    – LSerni
    Dec 3 '16 at 15:41
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We use the term tardona to suggest a mature woman who dresses and behaves as a young woman. I think the term may well be used to refer to the context you are suggesting:

  • donna di mezza età che si comporta, si veste ecc. come una donna più giovane pensando di essere attraente.

Garzanti

Note also that the term Milf is becoming more and more common in Italy:

Il termine Milf è ormai entrato nel linguaggio comune, specialmente di quello dei ragazzi di oggi.

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    But, see my comment to the question, the Italian tardona doesn't imply that the woman is dating a young man but only that she is old and behaves as if she's young (and actually she's ridiculous).
    – CarLaTeX
    Dec 4 '16 at 4:07
  • @CarLaTeX - I saw your comment but I disagree. The term "tardona" is actually the term we would use whenever we see a mature woman with a younger man. Also: why would a mature person (man or woman) dress and behave like a younger person to look "more attractive" (as the dictionary says)? I think this term has a "sexual" connotation that we (Italians) are relactant to explicitly recognise, probably for cultural reasons. The fact that a mature woman dates younger men is something still frowned upon socially, though things are changing quite rapidly in that respect.
    – user519
    Dec 4 '16 at 7:55
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    I would use tardona for a woman that dresses like a young one even if she is dating old men...
    – CarLaTeX
    Dec 4 '16 at 7:58
  • @CarLaTeX - Yes, that was the usual context where we used to see a "tardona", now things are changing and we would more and more often see them in public with younger men. (Barbara d'Urso is probably a well known example).
    – user519
    Dec 4 '16 at 8:06
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    However I wouldn't call Barbara D'Urso a tardona...
    – CarLaTeX
    Dec 4 '16 at 8:10

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