[sem-ee-fahyn-l, sem-ahy-] Sports.
of or pertaining to the round preceding the final one in a tournament from which losers are eliminated.
(in boxing) of or pertaining to the second most important bout on a card, usually immediately preceding the main bout.
a semifinal contest or round.
(in boxing) the second most important bout on a card.

1880–85; semi- + final Unabridged
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semifinal (ˌsɛmɪˈfaɪnəl)
a.  the round before the final in a competition
 b.  (as modifier): the semifinal draw

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Example sentences
They add your time from your semifinal race and final race and the one with the shortest time wins.
The first nine episodes cover regional cookoffs, in which the selected amateur chefs compete for a semifinal slot.
They lost in the semifinal round to the defending state champion.
Both of the semifinal matches proved rather one sided.
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