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.

Nearby words

  1. matin,
  2. matinee,
  3. mating,
  4. mating ball,
  5. matins,
  6. matinée coat,
  7. matinée idol,
  8. matisse,
  9. matisse, henri,
  10. matjes herring

Origin of matinée

1840–50; < French: morning. See matin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matinee

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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