semi·​of·​fi·​cial ˌse-mē-ə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce semiofficial (audio)
: having some official authority or standing
ˌse-mē-ˈfi-sh(ə-)lē How to pronounce semiofficial (audio)

Examples of semiofficial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fars and the other semiofficial news agency Tasnim reported the sound of blasts, without giving a cause. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 19 Apr. 2024 Iran’s semiofficial Mehr News Agency said 12 percent of the ballots in Tehran were blank. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The Iranian semiofficial news agency ISNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Naser Kanaani as saying the operations were part of Tehran’s just punishment against those who act against the country’s security. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2024 Also, Tasnim, an Iranian semiofficial news agency close to the country’s security establishment, said Monday that an Iranian destroyer has been moved to the Red Sea. WSJ, 2 Jan. 2024 State-run and semiofficial media in Iran have avoided mentioning the anniversary, which typically signals pressure from the government. Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Sep. 2023 The semiofficial, English-language newspaper Tehran Times said the fighting killed three Iranian border guards. Jon Gambrell,, 27 May 2023 The semiofficial naming of the area was at odds with the name of the post office and created confusion, Kelley said. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2022 The Guard on Monday reportedly seized an Iranian fishing boat for carrying women not wearing the hijab near Hormuz Island, according to the semiofficial Fars news agency. Nasser Karimi, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of semiofficial was in 1806

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“Semiofficial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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semi·​of·​fi·​cial ˌsem-ē-ə-ˈfish-əl How to pronounce semiofficial (audio)
: having some official authority or standing

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