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 Surely nobody would be breaking the semiformal military rules specified by our benevolent federal overlords. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 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, "Nigeria is now the No.2 bitcoin market on this fast-growing global marketplace," 17 Dec. 2020 Guests were encouraged to wear traditional Indian attire, Indian-fusion wear, or semiformal American attire. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "An Intimate Hindu Wedding Amid the Santa Monica Mountains," 29 Sep. 2020 Before her homecoming dance, Darcy Krueger had done the near impossible: Figuring out a semiformal look that was comfortable, stylish and didn’t violate the event’s ban on plunging backs and low-cut dresses. Antonia Noori Farzan, Washington Post, "‘What century are we in!?’: Teen turned away from homecoming dance for wearing jumpsuit," 7 Oct. 2019 The semiformal event will benefit the Village Park Reimagined project. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Never hear 'I'm bored' again: 40 things to do for fun this summer if you live on the North Shore," 23 May 2018 Cassie and Brynn threw their first 5K run and fund-raiser, a semiformal dinner and auction, on April 18, 2015. Liz Brody, Glamour, "'I Accidentally Killed My Best Friend's Daughter'—How Two Women Recovered From the Worst Pain Imaginable," 21 Mar. 2018 Two outside advisory councils comprised of corporate CEOs dissolved after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks, and the White House severed ties with billionaire Carl Icahn, a semiformal Trump adviser. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Punishes Longtime Aide After Angry Phoenix Speech, Sources Say," 29 Aug. 2017 Two outside advisory councils comprised of corporate CEOs dissolved after Trump’s Charlottesville remarks, and the White House severed ties with billionaire Carl Icahn, a semiformal Trump adviser. Fortune, "Trump Was So Angry About His Phoenix Rally’s Size He Punished the Aide Who Planned It," 29 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of semiformal

1906, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Semiformal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiformal. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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semiformal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of semiformal

US : somewhat formal : not informal but not highly formal

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