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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The manner in which the previous six innings unfolded Saturday provided little foresight that Clear Springs would almost pull off a stunning comeback in its final at-bat in a Class 6A regional semifinal series against Cy-Fair. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Baseball playoffs: Clear Springs rallies but is ousted by Cy-Fair," 26 May 2018 The defending champions are coming off a five–game thrashing of the New Orleans Pelicans, while the Rockets dispatched the Utah Jazz in their semifinal series. Scooby Axson,, "How To Watch Warriors vs. Rockets Game 1: Live Stream, TV Channel," 14 May 2018 Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991. Ronald Blum,, "Croatia upend England in extra time to reach their first-ever World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Buy Photo Archbishop Carroll, Bensalem, Council Rock North, La Salle and Marple Newtown are scheduled to play in PIAA state semifinal baseball games on Monday. Rick O'brien,, "Five baseball teams set for Monday's PIAA state semifinals," 9 June 2018 Taking advantage of 14 returning varsity players from last year’s squad that came within two goals of advancing to the region finals, Bishop Moore has stormed to an 18-2 record and the first state semifinal berth in program history., "Bishop Moore vies for state lacrosse title," 10 May 2018 This was the third consecutive state semifinal appearance for the Bulldogs and despite injuries to South Broward’s best player, Emma Leto, the Bulldogs were able to keep the game tied early into the second quarter before Hialeah took control. Steve Evans,, "South Broward boys get huge fourth quarter from Alexander-Jones to make final, while Bulldogs girls fall in semifinal," 5 May 2018 Freshman Bradley Amor went a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles in the two matches for the Sea Kings, who will play in a consolation semifinal Saturday at 8 a.m. at University High. Daily Pilot Staff,, "High school roundup: Newport Harbor wins second straight league baseball game," 24 Mar. 2018 This clip was captured after the team's semifinal victory, but honestly, women supporting women is always a win. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Why University of Notre Dame Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw Says She'll Only Hire Women," 6 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The baseball and volleyball teams advanced to the regional semifinals. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "After state title, 11 district titles, Hargrave finishes in top 10 of UIL Lone Star Cup standings," 18 June 2019 His 2015-2016 season ended with a 9th Region Championship where his team made it to the semifinals in the KHSAA State Tournament. James Weber,, "Ron Dawn returns to the NewCath bench for the fourth time," 18 June 2019 So finishing in second could actually offer an easier path to the semifinals. Sean Gregory, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Team USA as the 2019 Women's World Cup Gets Underway," 7 June 2019 The bottom half finalist, meanwhile -- either Johanna Konta or Marketa Vondrousova -- will have had two days off prior to the semifinals. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "French Open: Rain keeps Djokovic, Halep off court in wet Paris," 5 June 2019 Kudla, 25, had saved 20 of 21 break points on his way to the semifinals at the grass-court tournament., "Digest (June 24): Brigade keep AFL lead despite loss to Empire," 24 June 2018 Wall, a Brielle, N.J., native and a recent graduate of Loyola (Md.) University, was one of three players 22 years old and younger to knock off a stalwart and advance to the semifinals. Mitchell Gladstone,, "Andrew Mason, Jeremy Wall ready for Philadelphia Amateur title duel," 15 June 2018 Bron and Melo go way back, but only one will make it to the semifinals. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The 2018 NBA Style Showdown: Vote Now for the League's Best-Dressed Player in Round 2," 5 June 2018 Boulder Creek also made its first postseason appearance ever and made it to the semifinals. azcentral, "High School Lacrosse Player of the Year nominees 2018," 5 June 2018

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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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The first known use of semifinal was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of semifinal

: either one of two matches, games, or contests to decide which people or teams will be in the final part of a competition (such as a series of races or a tennis tournament)


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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