Definition of semi-official in English:

semi-official

adjective

  • Having some, but not full, official authority or recognition:

    ‘a semi-official visit’
    • ‘The information base on the war's conduct, however, has changed substantially with the recent appearance of the first detailed official and semi-official independent histories of the war.’
    • ‘There are tens of millions of CCP members; there are numerous factions with the party; there are numerous front organizations in the form of civic, official and semi-official bodies.’
    • ‘Directly after the 9 October election I interpreted the result as being an indication that the era of semi-official nihilism in Australia may have begun drawing to a close.’
    • ‘The last semi-official figure was $198-million back in 1997.’
    • ‘Despite the men's statements, officials from the Mainland Affairs Council and the semi-official Straits Exchange Foundation insists that all seven businessmen accused of spying are innocent.’
    • ‘He now sits on the powerful Defense Policy Board, a hawkish semi-official ideological body that advises the Pentagon.’
    • ‘This source material is corroborated by official and semi-official records, and can be easily verified and cross-checked.’
    • ‘Even European history of the period was an official or semi-official biography of the state.’
    • ‘In Australia, we know that there is activity at official or semi-official level in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria at least.’
    • ‘Maybe this deceit will become the main semi-official excuse for disregarding the allied victory.’
    • ‘Companies such as American Amicable Life Insurance have weaseled their way to our basic-training bases where they pose as semi-official military agents.’
    • ‘A semi-official holiday similar to Valentine's Day is celebrated by lovers and friends on March l, when a white or red silk flower (often hand-made) is presented as an expression of love.’
    • ‘The semi-official status would mean that public authorities in Gaelic-speaking areas, such as the Western Isles, would be expected to be able to provide all their services in Gaelic.’
    • ‘A number of groups rounded up for the occasion - in particular groups of prisoners and handicapped people - joined various semi-official organisations including youth groups, school brass bands and church groups.’
    • ‘This official entrepreneurial activity was supplemented by semi-official contacts with influential circles in the German economy.’
    • ‘The intelligence first filtered out through Interfax, Russia's semi-official news agency.’
    • ‘One of its acquisitions of the 1960s was the London Daily Herald, the semi-official, worthy but flagging Labour organ, until then jointly owned by the Trades Union Congress and the Odhams publishing group.’
    • ‘It has, indeed, been pointed out that huge quantities of documents must once have existed, since few transactions of an official or semi-official nature took place that were not confirmed in writing.’
    • ‘‘Behind the scenes there are still a number of points that deserve attention,’ the unidentified official said, according to the semi-official Central News Agency.’
    • ‘At the start of each day, a semi-official guide is issued outlining the expected order of business.’

Pronunciation:

semi-official

/sɛmɪəˈfɪʃ(ə)l/