• synonyms


[sem-ee-uh-fish-uh l, sem-ahy-]
  1. having some degree of official authority.
Show More

Origin of semiofficial

First recorded in 1800–10; semi- + official
Related formssem·i·of·fi·cial·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for semiofficial

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The Kaiser had his "official" and his "semiofficial" organs.

  • It deals with the theory of socialism and is extensively quoted in the daily press as a semiofficial voice in domestic affairs.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Unfortunately, the consequence was, that I did not understand a word that was said at dinner—a kind of semiofficial reception.

  • In all cases only those speeches are here presented which have received official or semiofficial sanction.

  • On this subject I have found a remarkable admission in a semiofficial article, published as recently as 1872.


    Donald Mackenzie Wallace