or mat·i·nee

[mat-n-ey; especially British mat-n-ey]


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

Related Words for matinee

performance, play, show, entertainment, movie

Examples from the Web for matinee

Contemporary Examples of matinee

Historical Examples of matinee

  • 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



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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