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semifinal

[sem-ee-fahyn-l, sem-ahy-] /ˌsɛm iˈfaɪn l, ˌsɛm aɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the round preceding the final one in a tournament from which losers are eliminated.
2.
(in boxing) of or pertaining to the second most important bout on a card, usually immediately preceding the main bout.
noun
3.
a semifinal contest or round.
4.
(in boxing) the second most important bout on a card.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; semi- + final
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British Dictionary definitions for semi-finals

semifinal

/ˌsɛmɪˈfaɪnəl/
noun
1.
  1. the round before the final in a competition
  2. (as modifier): the semifinal draw
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Word Origin and History for semi-finals

semifinal

adj.

also semi-final, 1867, from semi- + final. As a noun from 1868.

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