semi·​of·​fi·​cial | \ ˌse-mē-ə-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce semiofficial (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ō- \

Definition of semiofficial

: having some official authority or standing

Other Words from semiofficial

semiofficially \ ˌse-​mē-​ˈfi-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semiofficial (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ , -​ō-​ \ adverb

Examples of semiofficial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web NBC News has been unable to independently verify the videos, but Iran's semiofficial news agency Mehr reported that some signs had been hacked. NBC News, 26 Oct. 2021 Later, the semiofficial Fars news agency said the man who slapped the governor had been upset that his wife received a coronavirus vaccination from a male nurse, as opposed to a female nurse. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2021 This month’s exercises will primarily involve computer simulations rather than field drills because of virus concerns, South Korea’s semiofficial Yonhap news agency reported. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 The surge of Iranians has inundated Armenia’s coronavirus testing centers, leaving scores stranded in the buffer zone, Iranian semiofficial ILNA news agency reported, with several fainting from the heat., 18 July 2021 The surge of Iranians has inundated Armenia's coronavirus testing centers, leaving scores stranded in the buffer zone, Iranian semiofficial ILNA news agency reported, with several fainting from the heat. Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 The spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, was quoted by Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency a day after U.S. federal authorities in New York announced criminal charges against four Iranian intelligence operatives. Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021 Two rival candidates had conceded hours earlier, and President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Raisi on his victory, the semiofficial Mehr news agency reported., 19 June 2021 The largest ship in the Iranian navy caught fire and later sank Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman under unclear circumstances, semiofficial news agencies reported. Fox News, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of semiofficial

1806, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiofficial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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