semi·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al | \ ˌse-mē-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce semiprofessional (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-, -ˈfe-shə-nᵊl\

Definition of semiprofessional

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who engages in an activity (such as a sport) semiprofessionally



Definition of semiprofessional (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : engaging in an activity for pay or gain but not as a full-time occupation
2 : engaged in by semiprofessional players semiprofessional baseball

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semiprofessionally adverb

Examples of semiprofessional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After the first two seasons of existence, PGSL got a huge boost in 1969 when Janet Ibach, a former semiprofessional softball player, offered a more long-range outlook for the league. Pomerado News, "Poway Girls Softball League celebrating golden year," 19 July 2017 The 28 male and eight female competitors were mostly semiprofessionals from Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Russia and France. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "Surfing Under the Northern Lights," 18 Oct. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Laila Shabir, 32, founded Girls Make Games—which has hosted game-development workshops for girls in over 50 cities around the world—after starting her own game studio with her husband, a semiprofessional gamer. Marie Claire, "She's Got Game," 5 Dec. 2018 Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie continue to hold the emotional center as two estranged best friends, surprised to be dedicating their lives to semiprofessional wrestling on a dingy, low-budget local show. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 28 June 2018 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's semiprofessional soccer career ended in 1982. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "How a soccer jersey sparked the latest Germany-Turkey spat," 15 May 2018 SPORTS The Milwaukee Aces semiprofessional women's basketball team hired Jerica Watson as head coach. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies," 12 Apr. 2018 David Taylor, the former chairman of Woking F.C., a semiprofessional soccer team based near London, said Jarvis had been brokering a bid to buy the club involving undisclosed property developers. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "International Soccer’s Man of Mystery," 9 Mar. 2018 Feel the vibrations as an array of Japanese drums — from as small as a snare to as large as a car — resonate deeply through your body in an exuberant concert, performed by professional and semiprofessional taiko ensembles. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: ArtWalk, Angélique Kidjo, Steve Martin and Martin Short," 11 Aug. 2017 The numbers included 110 NFL players, seven of eight players from the Canadian Football League, nine of 14 semiprofessional players, 48 of 53 college players and three of 14 high school players. Herbie Teope,, "New Orleans Saints take notice of alarming CTE study," 29 July 2017 In addition to the 111 brains of men who played in the NFL, researchers examined 91 more from the Canadian Football League and semiprofessional, college and high school football. David Haugh,, "After latest CTE study, it's time to re-examine our uneasy love affair with football," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of semiprofessional


1861, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of semiprofessional

: paid to participate in a sport or activity but not doing it as a full-time job
: involving semiprofessional athletes

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