adjective or noun

semi·​pro ˈse-mē-ˌprō How to pronounce semipro (audio)

Examples of semipro in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement Reese led his semipro team to the Louisville city championship in 1937 and signed with the minor league Louisville Colonels. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes revealed in new book Hernandez’s brother was former NFL star and Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in the 2013 killing of semipro football player Odin Lloyd. Zenebou Sylla, CNN, 27 July 2023 After more than a week of driving all day and all night through 10 countries, Tetiana and the couple’s oldest son finally arrived in Turku, Finland, where their youngest son, a semipro hockey player, lives. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, 25 July 2023 On the horrific Sunday in 1963 when Ku Klux Klan members bombed the church, killing four girls, Greason was away playing semipro baseball. Louie Lazar, New York Times, 4 June 2023 His entrenchment in the community deepened as the one-time semipro football player was a volunteer football coach at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, using his own basement as the team’s locker room. Daniel I. Dorfman, Chicago Tribune, 11 Apr. 2023 The Czech Republic is fielding a team made almost entirely of native players from its own semipro league. Peter Abraham,, 11 Mar. 2023 He had been paid $25 for playing in a semipro baseball game. Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2023 He was cut after a tryout with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders in 1958, played that season for the semipro Bakersfield Spoilers of the Pacific Coast Professional Football League, then flunked tryouts with Washington’s NFL club in ’59 and ’60. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of semipro was in 1908

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“Semipro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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adjective or noun
semi·​pro ˈsem-i-ˌprō How to pronounce semipro (audio)
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