semiformal

adjective
semi·​for·​mal | \ ˌse-mē-ˈfȯr-məl How to pronounce semiformal (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiformal

: being or suitable for an occasion of moderate formality a semiformal dinner semiformal gowns

Examples of semiformal in a Sentence

She wore a semiformal gown to the wedding.
Recent Examples on the Web My husband’s sister has decided to throw their mother a semiformal dinner party to celebrate her milestone birthday. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 The classic semiformal hanbok worn today, made from fine silk and ramie in an array of colors, is largely derived from styles worn by royalty and upper classes in the late Joseon era. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Saturday, Williwaw Social Join DJ Fan Service at Williwaw Social on Saturday at 10 p.m. for this semiformal event. Anchorage Daily News, 3 Mar. 2022 Finally something 'to look forward to' Simone Moales from Windsor, Connecticut, wasn't expecting an in-person prom after missing out on semiformal, interscholastic dances and more. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 3 May 2021 Guests are required to wear Derby attire or semiformal dress at this family-friendly affair. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Surely nobody would be breaking the semiformal military rules specified by our benevolent federal overlords. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2020 Nigerians now have several formal and semiformal bitcoin platforms to use, ranging from international platforms including Paxful, Binance, and Luno, and local ones such as Quidax, Busha, and BuyCoins. Uwagbale Edward-ekpu, Quartz Africa, 17 Dec. 2020 Guests were encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire, Indian-fusion wear, or semiformal American attire. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of semiformal

1906, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2022

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“Semiformal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiformal. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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