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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.

Etymologies

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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  • 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