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 (sĕm′ē-fôr′məl, sĕm′ī-)
1. Moderately formal: a semiformal dance.
2. Suitable or appropriate for a moderately formal occasion: semiformal attire.
Something, such as a dance, that is semiformal in nature.


1. (of an event etc) not wholly formal, somewhat formal
2. (Clothing & Fashion) (of clothing) not wholly formal; between formal and informal in style


(ˌsɛm iˈfɔr məl, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

containing some formal elements: semiformal attire.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.semiformal - moderately formalsemiformal - moderately formal; requiring a dinner jacket; "he wore semiformal attire"; "a black-tie dinner"
formal - being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
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At our school's semiformal dance, I told my best friend about my crush.
Other semiformal processes of racialized justice such as curfews and forms of segregation abounded, while child removal policies created further generations of institutionalized Indigenous people (Cunneen 2001).
The data on the subject school was gathered using participant observation, semiformal and informal interviews.
In the evening, the WPI community will celebrate at the semiformal Intergalactic Ball.
It is targeting both informal and semiformal workers, who account for 90% of the workforce and low-income individuals.
The fashion house has three brand offerings including - a conventional pret brand offering ethnic every day and semiformal wear - Ritu Kumar, a premium bridal and formal wear line - Ri, and a fashion pret line - Label.
Funky caps, aviators, velvet blazers and semiformal jackets have been his favourite this year.
Effects of a semiformal urban settlement on groundwater quality Epworth (Zimbabwe): case study and groundwater quality zoning.
Even though the dialogue between these two leading institutions has not resulted in concrete project implementation or regular exchange programs, it has served as a semiformal consultation mechanism and paved the way for initiatives taken by other government departments and agencies in 2008 and 2009 with the similar objective of solving transboundary water problems within a broader framework of political, economic, and social development.
Patrick Honohan (2008) builds on this effort and proposes a "composite indicator" of access to both formal and semiformal financial services.
At the other end of the scale, astonishing numbers of people registering for massive open online courses (MOOCs) testify to the growing popularity of free, semiformal learning environments that afford good learning materials, a degree of social interaction, and tolerance of intermittent participation due to varying interests and constraints.
Semiformal for Springfield-area middle school students.