- 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.
a reception or entertainment held in the daytime; esp., a performance, as of a play, held in the afternoon
Origin of matineeFrench matinée ; from matin, morning: see matin
An entertainment, such as a dramatic performance or movie, presented in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
Origin of matineeFrench matinée, from matin, morning, from Old French matines, matins; see matins.
From French matinée.