Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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Latin semifinalis from semi- +‎ final

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