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semiformal

[ sem-ee-fawr-muhl, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈfɔr məl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /
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adjective
partly formal; containing some formal elements: a semiformal occasion; semiformal attire.
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Origin of semiformal

First recorded in 1930–35; semi- + formal1
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How to use semiformal in a sentence

  • 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
  • In the second act Helen had her big part and Miss Weeks had provided a black, velvet semiformal afternoon gown.

  • 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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