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

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That included a 10-0 SSAC championship season in 2014, a conference runner-up finish in 2017, and semifinal appearances in 2016 and last year. Buddy Collings,, "Master’s Academy makes moves with football schedule," 7 Sep. 2019 East Bernard made its third state semifinal appearance of the decade, joining the 2012 state champions and the 2015 squad. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Stafford football primed to return to postseason," 19 Aug. 2019 This year, the Pilots disposed of the Miners and the Bucs got past the Peninsula Oilers in the tournament’s semifinal series. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Bucs topple Pilots to capture Alaska Baseball League championship," 7 Aug. 2019 Hillman, a multi-sport athlete at Bel Air, helped lead the Bobcats to the Class 3A-4A state girls lacrosse title in 2017 and state semifinal appearance in 2018. Randy Mcroberts,, "Elizabeth Hillman named captain of 2019 U.S. Women’s U-19 lacrosse team," 18 July 2019 During pre-game warmups ahead of his team's semifinal matchup against the Grizzlies, Williamson was seen having a little bit of fun despite not participating in shooting drills. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Watch: Zion Williamson Drains Three-Pointer While Sitting on Pelicans' Bench," 15 July 2019 But Guerrero eventually ran out of gas in the last round following an epic semifinal matchup against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson that featured three tiebreakers. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Pete Alonso earned more for Home Run Derby win than he will entire season," 9 July 2019 Alonso somehow had enough to edge Guerrero, who hit 91 homers but ran out of gas in the last round following an epic semifinal matchup against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. CBS News, "Mets rookie Pete Alonso wins MLB All-Star Home Run Derby," 8 July 2019 Alonso somehow had enough to edge Guerrero, who hit 91 homers but ran out of gas in the last round following an epic semifinal matchup against Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson. Tom Withers, The Denver Post, "Pete Alonso edges Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for 2019 Home Run Derby title," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ricky Rubio scored 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a game-deciding 11-0 run in the final minutes, and Spain advanced to the World Cup semifinals by topping Poland, 90-78, at Shanghai Tuesday night., "Spain advances to World Cup semifinals," 11 Sep. 2019 The payoff was big: a 12th French Open title, a run to the semifinals at Wimbledon and another United States Open title. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Shows Why the Young Guard Will Have to Wait," 9 Sep. 2019 Westcoast Rumble battled back after a couple of early losses to advance to the semifinals and ultimately placing second in a highly-competitive Gold level. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Youth soccer highlights," 4 Sep. 2019 Glendale will be led by junior singles player Celine Khachiki, who advanced to the semifinals in the league tournament last season. Glendale News-Press, "Girls’ Tennis Preview: Area squads looking to serve up lots of success," 2 Sep. 2019 America’s Got Talent has revealed the last batch of contestants to progress through to the semifinals. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'America's Got Talent' Season 14 Semi Finalists Revealed," 28 Aug. 2019 As if winning over Simon Cowell and making it to the semifinals on America's Got Talent wasn't amazing enough, 11-year-old Tyler Butler-Figueroa is also on the brink of taking another giant leap forward in his young career. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "‘AGT’ Golden Buzzer Winner Tyler Butler-Figueroa Reportedly Has a HUGE Secret Deal on the Line," 27 Aug. 2019 Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough were back to judge 12 acts, of which only seven will move on to the semifinals. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "'AGT' is still the feel good show of the summer," 21 Aug. 2019 This year, over 19,000 kids participated in the tech competition and 170 teams from across 38 countries made it to the semifinals. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Hey Silicon Valley, make way for these teenage Indian “witches” and their app," 13 Aug. 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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