- an entertainment, especially a dramatic or musical performance, held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
Origin of matinée
Examples from the Web for matinee
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 23, 2013
Four years old, and I was on the subway, the old BMT from Brooklyn to Manhattan, just making the matinee of Bye, Bye, Birdie.The Greatest Role My Father Ever Played
June 16, 2013
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’
May 28, 2012
Historical Examples of matinee
He has invited the three of us to go to the matinee with him.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
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
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
- a daytime, esp afternoon, performance of a play, concert, etc
Word Origin for matinée
"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.