from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A match, competition, or examination that precedes the final one.
  • n. One of the two competitions of the next to the last round in an elimination tournament.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A playoff in the round with only four players or teams left, the stage before the final.
  • n. A competition that narrows a field of contestants (semifinalists) to a set of finalists, for a subsequent final.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the two competitions in the next to the last round of an elimination tournament


Latin semifinalis from semi- +‎ final (Wiktionary)



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