[sem-ee-fahyn-l, sem-ahy-]Sports.
  1. of or relating to the round preceding the final one in a tournament from which losers are eliminated.
  2. (in boxing) of or relating to the second most important bout on a card, usually immediately preceding the main bout.
  1. a semifinal contest or round.
  2. (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. 2018

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    1. the round before the final in a competition
    2. (as modifier)the semifinal draw
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Word Origin and History for semifinal

also semi-final, 1867, from semi- + final. As a noun from 1868.

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