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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Other Words from semifinal


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

Examples of semifinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Konta returned to the top 20 rankings following her semifinal appearance in the French Open in June. Ben Morse, CNN, "'You're being quite disrespectful and you're patronizing me': tennis star hits back at reporter," 10 July 2019 Central is 54-9 in DuBose’s five years as head coach, including three state semifinal appearances. Ben Thomas |,, "Hoover, Central-Phenix City ranked among nation’s top HS football teams for 2019 season," 9 July 2019 The Eckerd College commit, who helped the Cowboys to a 19-7-1 record and a second straight Class 8A state semifinal appearance also hit a home run in the 2018 regional final against St. Thomas Aquinas. Gary Curreri,, "Broward 9A-7A softball player of the year: Brenna Lokeinsky, Cooper City junior," 19 June 2019 While leading her team and helping the Americans advance to the semifinal round of the Women’s World Cup in France — taking place Tuesday against England — the striker has also found herself in hot water with President Donald Trump. Claudia Harmata,, "Everything to Know About Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. Women's National Team's Star Forward," 2 July 2019 Freedom defeated Miami Southwest 25-18, 29-27, 25-16 in the state championship match after posting a 3-1 against another South Florida power, Archbishop McCarthy, in the semifinal round. Buddy Collings,, "Freedom High state champs lead boys volleyball all-area," 13 June 2019 At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn't whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in 4 sets to win his 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019 At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn't whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem in four sets to win his 12th French Open, 18th career Grand Slam title," 9 June 2019 At the ensuing changeover, Thiem didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Roger Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Howard Fendrich,, "Rafael Nadal continues mastery on the clay, wins 12th French Open title," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Late in the Barcelona match, an emotional four-goal comeback from the brink of elimination in the Champions League semifinal in May, the camera panned to a woman in the Anfield crowd. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Osterman: This is why I am Liverpool," 17 July 2019 The new Missouri quarterback was a Tiger for three-plus seasons, facing the Crimson Tide as a starter in the Sugar Bowl semifinal after the 2017 season. Michael Casagrande |,, "Kelly Bryant ‘wasn’t surprised’ by Alabama-Clemson final score," 15 July 2019 His dunk late in overtime in the semifinal against the New Orleans Pelicans Saturday gave the Grizzlies an 88-86 win and a berth in the Summer League Championship Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Brandon Clarke turning heads for Memphis Grizzlies in NBA Summer League," 15 July 2019 Memories of his 2008 loss to Nadal permeated this fortnight in part because the two men met again in the semifinal and produced another tantalizing contest. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Novak Djokovic Is the Greatest Player of the ‘Big Three’," 14 July 2019 Minnesota beat Brooklyn 85-77 in the second semifinal. Houston Chronicle, "Grizzlies, Timberwolves advance to Summer League title game," 14 July 2019 Federer is facing a formidable challenge, one every bit as daunting as his relentless back-and-forth showdown with Rafael Nadal in a three-hour semifinal on Friday. Sam Farmer,, "Wimbledon: Roger Federer again faces test of time and Novak Djokovic," 13 July 2019 Defending Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic will face Roberto Bautista Agut in the first semifinal at 8 a.m. ET (on ESPN). Editors, USA TODAY, "Tropical Storm Barry, Wimbledon semifinals, R. Kelly case: 5 things to know Friday," 12 July 2019 In the other semifinal, Orlando City will host Atlanta United. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United quickly focuses on big FC Dallas match," 11 July 2019

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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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