Definition of semiformal in US English:



  • 1Combining formal and informal elements.

    ‘in the semiformal atmosphere irritations can be aired’
    • ‘Today, it's another iteration of ‘How to dress yourself,’ this time for semiformal events such as… well, this work function, or a nice party.’
    • ‘Sometimes the biggest challenge to getting ready for a semi-formal date is defining ‘semiformal.’’
    • ‘My wedding was semiformal, so everyone just dressed neat and tidy.’
    1. 1.1 Used to describe clothing that is neither formal nor casual and that is typically worn for a dance, wedding, or other event.
      ‘the casino has a semiformal dress code (men must wear a tie and jacket)’
      • ‘Patients prefer doctors to wear semiformal dress and are most comfortable with conservative items.’
      • ‘If the wedding in question takes place before 6:30 or 7:00 at night, there's a good chance that the bride and groom are skipping black tie and opting instead for semiformal dress.’
      • ‘Most dress or semiformal trousers should have a slight to medium break when the bottom meets the shoe, no more than one inch.’


  • An event at which semiformal attire is expected.

    ‘it had organized its own spring semiformal at a nearby hotel’
    • ‘My school has what we call the semiformal (semi, for short), which is held in December.’
    • ‘As I mentioned, I invited him to be my date for the semiformal of my junior year.’
    • ‘I met him at the semiformal that Scott was supposed to attend with me.’
    • ‘Later that evening the Kimmel Center hosts a red-carpet-styled gala for the glitterati and a dress-to-the-nines semiformal.’