semi·​fi·​nal | \ ˌse-mē-ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce semifinal (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semifinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being next to the last in an elimination tournament
2 : of or participating in a semifinal


semi·​fi·​nal | \ ˈse-mē-ˌfī-nᵊl How to pronounce semifinal (audio) , ˈse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semifinal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a semifinal match
2 : a semifinal round

Other Words from semifinal


semifinalist \ ˌse-​mē-​ˈfī-​nᵊl-​ist How to pronounce semifinal (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ noun

Examples of semifinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Their quarterfinal and semifinal games were both won by one point. oregonlive, 7 June 2022 The victory moves the No. 1-ranked Greyhounds into Saturday morning’s semifinal match with No. 5 South Bend Saint Joseph, which took out No. Lewis Bagley, The Indianapolis Star, 4 June 2022 That capped off a dominant state tournament where Houston and Ramulu didn’t surrender more than two games in any set, despite only having a 30-minute break between the quarterfinal and semifinal match. Jacob Steinberg, Baltimore Sun, 31 May 2022 San Diego, which had entered the playoffs as the league’s second-best team at 11-1, need overtime in both their semifinal match vs. the Omaha Kings and their quarterfinal game against RGV Barracudas of Brownsville, Texas. Marc Bona, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 In the second period, UConn began getting more shots and broke through 2:25 into the period when Firstov , who had given the Huskies a 1-0 lead in both the quarterfinal and semifinal games, struck again. Dom Amore,, 19 Mar. 2022 All first-round, quarterfinal and semifinal games will stream live via ESPN+. Creg Stephenson |, al, 28 Feb. 2022 Jacobellis and Baumgartner cruised through their quarterfinal and semifinal heats on a snowy day at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 The three-time captain recorded nine shutouts as a senior this season, including holding the opposition scoreless in the Hawks’ state quarterfinal and semifinal victories. Jacob Steinberg,, 15 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The defending WIAA Division 2 champion earned a return trip to the final with a 1-0 victory over Sauk Prairie in a state semifinal Thursday at Uihlein Soccer Park. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Musser came close — his bid at history ended with two outs in the bottom of the sixth — but that didn’t diminish his gem of a pitching performance against McHenry in a Class 4A state semifinal at Duly Health & Care Field in Joliet. Steve Reaven, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 Ballard moves on to face the Fourth Region's South Warren Spartans (38-2) in Saturday's semifinal at 5 p.m. Jonathan Saxon, The Courier-Journal, 11 June 2022 Northview defeated Chagrin Falls Kenston 3-2 in Friday's early DI semifinal. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 10 June 2022 Then walking into the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex for the Class 3A state semifinal against Lemont brought chills. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 And Oklahona will face a familiar opponent no matter who wins the Oklahoma State-Texas semifinal. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 6 June 2022 The pitchers limited the team that entered Monday’s semifinal with an NCAA-leading 9.22 runs per game to three in Game 1. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Shelbyville got some extra-inning heroics from slugger Karissa Hamilton in Saturday's Class 4A semistate semifinal at Bedford North Lawrence. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 4 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of semifinal


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semifinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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semi·​fi·​nal | \ ˈse-mi-ˌfī-nᵊl How to pronounce semifinal (audio) \

Kids Definition of semifinal

: a match or game coming before the final round in a tournament


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