Definition of semiformal in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsemēˈfôrməl/ Pronunciation: /ˌsemˌī-/


1Combining formal and informal elements: in the semiformal atmosphere irritations can be aired
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  • Today, it's another iteration of ‘How to dress yourself,’ this time for semiformal events such as… well, this work function, or a nice party.
  • My wedding was semiformal, so everyone just dressed neat and tidy.
  • Sometimes the biggest challenge to getting ready for a semi-formal date is defining ‘semiformal.’
1.1Used to describe clothing that is neither formal nor casual and that is typically worn for a dance, wedding, or other event: the casino has a semiformal dress code (men must wear a tie and jacket)
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  • Patients prefer doctors to wear semiformal dress and are most comfortable with conservative items.
  • If the wedding in question takes place before 6:30 or 7:00 at night, there's a good chance that the bride and groom are skipping black tie and opting instead for semiformal dress.
  • Most dress or semiformal trousers should have a slight to medium break when the bottom meets the shoe, no more than one inch.


An event at which semiformal attire is expected: it had organized its own spring semiformal at a nearby hotel
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  • Later that evening the Kimmel Center hosts a red-carpet-styled gala for the glitterati and a dress-to-the-nines semiformal.
  • I met him at the semiformal that Scott was supposed to attend with me.
  • As I mentioned, I invited him to be my date for the semiformal of my junior year.

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Syllabification: sem·i·for·mal

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