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,, 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, 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, 18 Oct. 2016 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After playing for the Garvey Stars, Villa would go on to be recruited at just 14 years old by the semiprofessional Orange Lionettes in Southern California, before she was signed to play in the AAGPBL. Gracie Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2021 Options were bleak: Latch on with a semiprofessional or independent league, or give up their big-league dream altogether. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 June 2021 Right now, amateur or semiprofessional shows prevail, as Actors Equity union guidelines are still too stringent for many professional theaters to handle. Christopher Arnott,, 23 June 2021 Adam Mann, a British model and semiprofessional soccer player, joined for similar reasons. New York Times, 21 May 2021 An intercity rivalry Minneapolis and St. Paul were rivals in semiprofessional or professional baseball for nearly 80 years. Star Tribune, 3 May 2021 Versatile footwear; use in casual and semiprofessional settings. Anthony Marcusa,, 19 Mar. 2021 Rangers, after years of mismanagement, went into liquidation and was forced to start life again in Scotland’s semiprofessional fourth tier. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 This is the Russian Liga Pro, an obscure, semiprofessional table tennis competition that has over the past 10 months become the unlikeliest of sports betting phenomena in the United States. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2021

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1861, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Semiprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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