- 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.
matinee definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French matinée ; from matin, morning: see matin
matinee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: French matinée, from matin, morning, from Old French matines, matins; see matins.