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 His father was a factory worker and a former semiprofessional baseball player and boxer. Dave Sheinin,, "Wes Unseld, Bullets legend and basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 74," 2 June 2020 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 In some instances, the body-hugging numbers almost feel modest enough to be placed in the semiprofessional category, thanks to high necklines and ankle-grazing lengths. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "The Casual Bodycon Dress Is Unexpectedly Having a Moment This Fall," 22 Oct. 2020 This is someone who hadn’t played above the semiprofessional Serbian third division before coming stateside in fall 2018. Connor Letourneau,, "Alen Smailagic: When will Warriors’ big man be able to crack rotation?," 24 June 2020 His father was a factory worker and a former semiprofessional baseball player and boxer. Dave Sheinin,, "Wes Unseld, Bullets legend and basketball Hall of Famer, dies at 74," 2 June 2020 Last week, after an important game in the country’s popular semiprofessional baseball league, fans participated in a caravan that ended with a rally in the town of Jinotepe’s main square. James Wagner, New York Times, "Despite Pandemic, This Country Has a Full Sports Calendar," 14 Apr. 2020 She was born Neil Andrew Megson on Feb. 22, 1950, in Manchester, England, the second of two children of Ronald and Muriel Megson, who both worked briefly as semiprofessional actors. John Leland, New York Times, "Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Musician, Artist and Provocateur, Dies at 70," 14 Mar. 2020 Just fabulous food, new friends and a semiprofessional singer, who did the Four Questions justice. Rachel Levin,, "Wise Sons’ brisket recipe for Passover," 2 Apr. 2020 In England, the National League — the largely semiprofessional competition below the four professional tiers — intends to wrap up its season entirely as soon as possible. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Clubs Sell Community. Now Is the Time to Pay It Back.," 27 Mar. 2020 Xiong did what any lonely and well-funded college kid would do: Hire a full-time IT team based out of China to make a website that connects lonely gamers to semiprofessional playmates. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "A New Site Connects ‘Egirls’ With Gamers—for a Fee," 16 Mar. 2020

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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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“Semiprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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