Definition of matinee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

matinee

 noun
(also matinée)noun
BrE BrE//ˈmætɪneɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmætnˈeɪ//
 
Producing a play, Showing films
 
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an afternoon performance of a play, etc.; an afternoon showing of a film/movie Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: Producing a play, Showing films Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French matinée, literally ‘morning (as a period of activity)’, from matin ‘morning’: performances were formerly also in the morning.
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