or mat·i·nee

[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for matinee


/ (ˈmætɪˌneɪ) /


a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc

Word Origin for matinée

C19: from French; see matins
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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.

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