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[mat-n-ey; especially British mat-n-ey] /ˌmæt nˈeɪ; especially British ˈmæt nˌeɪ/
an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
Also, matinee.
Origin of matinée
1840-50; < French: morning. See matin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for matinee
  • 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.
  • The event sold out so quickly that they added a matinee.
  • He had the looks of a matinee idol and the brains of a subversive mogul.
  • The matinee and dinner menus feature constantly changing poultry, beef and pasta items with a generous helping of sides.
  • If you're attending a matinee, however, you should wear something casual but neat.
  • The hours of the shows are also senior-friendly with morning, matinee and early-evening showtimes.
  • Oftentimes, the theater features matinee performances on the weekend.
British Dictionary definitions for matinee


a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French; see matins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for matinee

"afternoon performance," 1848, from French matinée (musicale), from matinée "morning" (with a sense here of "daytime"), from matin "morning," from Old French matines (see matins). Originally as a French word in English; it lost its foreignness by late 19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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