Origin of matinée
Examples from the Web for matinee
The crowd at the matinee showing I went to of Of Mice and Men was comprised of many young kids—mostly female.
At this point, Franco says an abrupt “goodbye” and rushes off to the theater for a matinee performance.
So we did a matinee Sunday afternoon and then went straight from the matinee to the awards.John Gallagher Jr., Star of ‘Newsroom’ and ‘Short Term 12,’ Is Hollywood’s Nicest Guy|Kevin Fallon|August 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Four years old, and I was on the subway, the old BMT from Brooklyn to Manhattan, just making the matinee of Bye, Bye, Birdie.
Pattinson seems to relish the opportunity to shed his image as a matinee idol and portray a predatory capitalist.The Crush for Cronenberg’s Cannes Competition Entry, ‘Cosmopolis’|Richard Porton|May 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I visited a matinee of this kind once for a short time, but I have not been there since.Remarks|Bill Nye
Now that I look more like a matinee idol, just how much more do you like me?Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
Quit the drivel of matinee idol longing, and get onto the stage of life and get the bouquets for yourself.Supreme Personality|Delmer Eugene Croft
The fortunate player hears the intoxicating music of applause a dozen times every evening and two dozen times on matinee days.The Footlights Fore and Aft|Channing Pollock
I went to a matinee once to see an actor the girls were crazy about.Heart of the West|O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for matinee
Word Origin for matinée
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.