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matinée

[mat-n-ey; especially British mat-n-ey] /ˌmæt nˈeɪ; especially British ˈmæt nˌeɪ/
noun
1.
an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
Also, matinee.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < French: morning. See matin
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Examples from the web for matinees
  • As an active stage, the theatre closes at times for matinees and rehearsals.
  • In small cities, many work part-time a few nights a week and during weekend matinees.
  • See the latest movies the lowcost way-Go to matinees or rent from the dollar movie kiosks.
  • School matinees, as well as evening performances, will be produced from the winning plays.
British Dictionary definitions for matinees

matinée

/ˈmætɪˌneɪ/
noun
1.
a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc
Word Origin
C19: from French; see matins
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Word Origin and History for matinees

matinee

n.

"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.

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