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[sem-ee-fawr-muh l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈfɔr məl, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
partly formal; containing some formal elements:
a semiformal occasion; semiformal attire.
Origin of semiformal
First recorded in 1930-35; semi- + formal1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The most enjoyable dinner is that with four or six guests, which is served in a simple and only semiformal way.

    The Etiquette of To-day Edith B. Ordway
  • The colored shirt is an innovation, and it should be used sparingly, white linen on any semiformal function being in better form.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • What additional formal or at least let us say semiformal instruction or education have you had in the Russian language?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

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