from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An entertainment (especially a theatrical performance) or a reception held in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.
  • noun A woman's dress for home wear in the forenoon, or up to the time when she dresses as for dinner or for going out. Its form and material change according to fashion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A reception, or a musical or dramatic entertainment, held in the daytime. See soirée.

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  • noun A showing of a movie or theatrical performance in the afternoon.

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  • noun a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)


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From French matinée


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  • I am conscious of my voice as a tool

    It's more demure

    Than your friend the singing queen

    With her matinée good looks

    She talks like talking from a book

    I speak the language of my village, of my street.

    (A down and dusky blonde, by God Help the Girl)

    June 4, 2010