from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An entertainment, such as a dramatic performance or movie, presented in the daytime, usually in the afternoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


French matinée, from matin, morning, from Old French matines, matins; see matins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French matinée. (Wiktionary)



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  • descriptor for knitted baby clothes:

    Beryl, Graham's mother, had been a knitter, producing endless matinee sets when Emily and Ewan were babies—hats, jackets, mittens, bootees, leggings—threaded with fiddly ribbons and full of holes for tiny fingers to get caught in.
    Kate Atkinson, One Good Turn (New York: Little, Brown & Co., 2006), p. 101.

    June 5, 2016

  • In modern movie theaters, the showings of a film that occur before 5:00 pm and which usually cost less to see, sometimes half of the regular price.

    February 4, 2008