• WordNet 3.6
    • n matinee a theatrical performance held during the daytime (especially in the afternoon)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n matinée A reception, or a musical or dramatic entertainment, held in the daytime. See SoirÉe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Matinee (mat-i-nā′) a musical entertainment or reception held in the day-time, usually in the afternoon: a woman's dress for wear in the forenoon or before dinner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., from matin,. See Matin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. matutinus, belonging to the morning—Matuta, goddess of morning, prob. akin to maturus, early.


In literature:

He was going to "put on" the trick at night, and not at the matinee.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
It will depend, as it did at the matinee.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Was the new reading public drawn from the theatre-going, or more definitely speaking, the matinee class?
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Morning Receptions or Matinees.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Indeed, I firmly believe that Boanerges attracts extra patronage to the Thursday matinees.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 18, 1914" by Various
Fly every night, and at the matinees, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
"The Trimming of Goosie" by James Hopper
I'll send you matinee tickets to shows I want her to see, and Mr. Farraday and I'll look after the other amusement.
"Blue-grass and Broadway" by Maria Thompson Daviess
The Athens theater had been sold out so quickly that the town hall was engaged for a special matinee.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Laureano gives musical matinees and soirees at his private dwelling.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
It's the matinee for ours.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton

In poetry:

Perhaps you are free tomorrow?
If so, perhaps the matinee
Will teach us sorrow.
"Telephone At Twelve" by Isobel Stone
Riding in the Park, or down town shopping
At the Matinee, or singing in the choir
Everywhere a dazzling blaze of beauty
Blinds my eyes and sets my soul afire
"Take Them Away! They'll Drive Me Crazy" by Henry Clay Work

In news:

" "Once Upon a Mattress" will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 pm July 15.
Looking ahead to the Knicks' Sunday matinee against the Detroit Pistons.
' Matinee ' ( November 15, 2012 ).
GRAND RAPIDS, MI- Patr Mrazek, a prized prospect of the Detroit Red Wings, is expected to start in goal today when the Grand Rapids Griffins host Milwaukee in a rare matinee game at Van Andel Arena.
Melo's matinee performance lifts Knicks.
Matinee performances will be staged at 2 pm on Nov 4 and 11.
Fort Bend County Libraries will feature a free Saturday Movie Matinee at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, on November 17, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library.
School spirit: Students cheer on Sheffield during rare Monday matinee .
Free movie matinee at the library for early-release Monday.
The New York Power Authority will hold free Friday matinees in October, with showings of classical and contemporary movies at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center auditorium.
Wieters sits, Reynolds batting cleanup in matinee vs White Sox.
Mariners lineup, pre-game notes for Wednesday's matinee .
Free movie matinee features 'The Dark Crystal'.
The Bainbridge Public Library will screen "The Dark Crystal" during a free summer movie matinee at 3 pm Friday, Aug 10.
Jimmy Thackery headlines Blues Matinee Concert Series in Moorpark.