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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.
Origin of matinée
1840-50; < French: morning. See matin Unabridged
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  • It is worse than to be at a Wagner matinee with a woman who cares only for Verdi.

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • It was like coming out from the matinee and seeing the crowds on the street.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • The matinee is over at a quarter of five, and those two have fooled away an hour.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • He has invited the three of us to go to the matinee with him.

    Steve and the Steam Engine Sara Ware Bassett
  • Are you and Constance going to take Charlie to the matinee to-morrow, dear?

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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