semi·​for·​mal ˌse-mē-ˈfȯr-məl How to pronounce semiformal (audio)
: 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 Worried they might be barred from the semiformal event, Pettigrew donned a jacket and Friedman wore a button-up shirt to cover their T-shirts. Samantha Hernandez, USA TODAY, 5 May 2023 If the invite specifies semiformal or cocktail attire, go for a dreamy puff-sleeve maxi or an ornate lace mini with a slightly relaxed fit. Sam Peters,, 17 May 2023 Close your eyes for a moment and think of a person wearing head-to-toe white in a room full of others clad in semiformal attire. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2023 For her appearance on the Today show in New York City, Victoria Beckham demonstrated the absolute chicest way to update one's semiformal wardrobe for fall. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 14 Oct. 2022 Attire for the Masquerade Ball is semiformal with costume masks suggested. Jessi Virtusio, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiformal was in 1906

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“Semiformal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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semi·​for·​mal ˌsem-i-ˈfȯr-məl How to pronounce semiformal (audio)
: being or suitable for an event that is not too formal

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