- The definition of matinee is a daytime performance, especially a play, or a reception during the day.
An example of a matinee is a 1 p.m. showing of a Broadway play.
Origin: Fr matinée from matin, morning: see matin
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Origin: French matinée, from matin, morning, from Old French matines, matins; see matins.