[mat-n-ey; especially British mat-n-ey]
an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
Also, matinee.

1840–50; < French: morning. See matin Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
matinée (ˈmætɪˌneɪ)
a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc
[C19: from French; see matins]

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Word Origin & History

1848, from Fr. matinée (musicale), from matin "morning" (with a sense here of "daytime"), from O.Fr. matines (see matins).
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Example sentences
Matinee tickets for really excellent shows are sold at half price.
His looks were those of a matinee idol, with haunted eyes and slickly waved hair.
Turn off your phone's ringer and you won't interrupt today's matinee.
Reality is reality and a matinee is an escape from that.
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