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matinée

or mat·i·nee

[mat-n-ey; especially British mat-n-ey]
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noun
  1. an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
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Origin of matinée

1840–50; < French: morning. See matin
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Examples from the Web for matinee

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  • He has invited the three of us to go to the matinee with him.

  • Now that I look more like a matinee idol, just how much more do you like me?

    Bloom of Cactus

    Robert Ames Bennet

  • She would go out to lunch and indulge in the dissipation of a matinee.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • It was like coming out from the matinee and seeing the crowds on the street.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Two o'clock, matinee—or something; haven't planned that yet.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston

    Caroline E. Jacobs


British Dictionary definitions for matinee

matinée

noun
  1. a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc
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Word Origin

C19: from French; see matins
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Word Origin and History for 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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