[sem-ee-fawr-muh l, sem-ahy-]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for semiformal

Historical Examples of semiformal

  • The most enjoyable dinner is that with four or six guests, which is served in a simple and only semiformal way.

  • 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