semifinals

semifinal

[sem-ee-fahyn-l, sem-ahy-] Sports.
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:
1880–85; semi- + final

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semifinal (ˌsɛmɪˈfaɪnəl)
 
n
a.  the round before the final in a competition
 b.  (as modifier): the semifinal draw

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