Matinee meaning

măt'n-ā'
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.

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An entertainment, such as a dramatic performance or movie, presented in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
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A reception or entertainment held in the daytime; esp., a performance, as of a play, held in the afternoon.
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Origin of matinee

  • French matinée from matin morning from Old French matines matins matins
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French matinée.
    From Wiktionary