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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Other Words from semiprofessional


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

Today, the Top League -- Japan's semiprofessional rugby league that supplies most of its international players -- is comprised of corporate teams, specifically from iron, steel, auto-making, and manufacturing industries which employ the players. George Ramsay, CNN, "Japan set to host 'special' World Cup as rugby steps into the unknown," 17 Sep. 2019 While his father’s semiprofessional career was a bust his girlfriend, Xiomara Guerrero, is a three-time Colombian mountain bike champion. Washington Post, "Colombian cycling ‘beetles’ chase Tour leader Bernal’s dream," 27 July 2019 In 2006, a semiprofessional archaeologist named András Zsolt Bíró professed to have located the Hungarian homeland in Kazakhstan, a spot more in keeping with their putatively nomadic origins. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 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

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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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