[ sem-ee-fahyn-l, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈfaɪn l, ˌsɛm aɪ- /


of or relating to the round preceding the final one in a tournament from which losers are eliminated.
(in boxing) of or relating to the second most important bout on a card, usually immediately preceding the main bout.


a semifinal contest or round.
(in boxing) the second most important bout on a card.

Origin of semifinal

First recorded in 1880–85; semi- + final Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for semifinal

/ (ˌsɛmɪˈfaɪnəl) /


  1. the round before the final in a competition
  2. (as modifier)the semifinal draw
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