semiformal

[ sem-ee-fawr-muhl, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm iˈfɔr məl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /

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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Example sentences from the Web for semiformal

  • 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
  • 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