Definition of matinee
: a musical or dramatic performance or social or public event held in the daytime and especially the afternoon The Saturday matinee was so crowded that we had to sit in the second row.
Recent Examples of matinee from the Web
Tigers hitters will face Carrasco in the matinee of Saturday’s doubleheader, and will likely see Miller, Francona’s go-to high-leverage pen arm, at some point in the series.
Matinee: $12-$23 general, $10-$21 seniors, free-$19 juniors.
Each one-hour matinee features live performance, audience participation, Q&A and amazing music.
Performance times include Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm — and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The PGA Arts Center is located at 4076 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens,
Here are the lineups and the pitching matchup for Thursday's matinee.
FREE FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE: MOANA Friday, June 16 - 3 pm to 5pm Join us for Family Movie Matinee at Mansfield Public Library.
Saturday’s matinee began with the Padres pushing the boundaries of yet another Rule 5 experiment.
The spoken word poem that Martinez, McClain and McIntosh presented was one of 12 works chosen to be performed onstage in the morning, before a matinee production of Hamilton.
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Soiree: a Fancy Evening Party
In English, soiree means “a fancy evening affair.” The word comes directly from French and was formed from the word soir, meaning “evening” or “night.” The French make a subtle distinction between soir, which refers explicitly to the time of day following sunset, and soirée, which refers to some duration of time, usually translated as “evening.” English speakers don’t use different words, but we understand the difference between “I’ll see you tomorrow evening” and “We spent the evening playing cards”—one refers to a time of day and one refers to the passage of time. From the idea of a period of time evolved the second meaning of soirée: a party that takes place during the evening. As is typical for words that have been borrowed from modern French, soiree in English signifies the fancy version of a simple “party”: an evening event that is formal or refined in some way.
A third sense of soirée in French, “an evening performance,” has a parallel with matinée, from matin “morning. ” Matinée literally means “morning performance” in French but has come to mean “daytime or afternoon performance” in English. The “evening performance” meaning of soirée has not been adopted by English. Our Unabridged of 1934, however, did record both a verb soiree (meaning, presumably, “to hold or attend an evening party”) and the variant swarry, “so spelled in mimicry of mispronunciation.”
Soiree can be spelled in English using the acute accent as soirée, but is usually spelled without it.
Origin and Etymology of matinee
MATINEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of matinee for English Language Learners
: a play, movie, etc., that is performed or shown in the afternoon
MATINEE Defined for Kids
Definition of matinee for Students
: a musical or dramatic performance in the afternoon
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