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semi·​pro·​fes·​sion·​al ˌse-mē-prə-ˈfesh-nəl How to pronounce semiprofessional (audio)
: one who engages in an activity (such as a sport) semiprofessionally


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

Example Sentences

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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
It’s been a decade since most players worked part-time jobs while playing for their respective clubs in semiprofessional leagues. Shafi Musaddique, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 May 2021 In the past few years, he’s also transformed into a fashion renegade, an emerging social critic, a semiprofessional wrestler and a budding actor. New York Times, 6 May 2022 After that, there are a number of college players projected to fill out the lottery along with a set of twin brothers from Overtime Elite, the semiprofessional league based in Atlanta, in Amen and Ausar Thompson. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2023 The Packers, formed in 1919 as a semiprofessional team, joined the N.F.L. (then known as the American Professional Football Association) in 1921 and soon faced financial trouble. Joshua Needelman, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2022 Fenn estimates that at least 30,000 people have looked for the chest, and searchers range from weekend enthusiasts to semiprofessional hunters to unrepentant fanatics. Peter Frick-wright, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2015 Less than a decade ago, Rangers was reduced to playing in Scotland’s semiprofessional fourth tier as a punishment for years of financial mismanagement and chicanery. New York Times, 18 May 2022 The fitness buff and semiprofessional soccer player is trying to create a new life with her 40-year-old boyfriend, Naked. ELLE, 19 Mar. 2022 The 20-year-old had left their home in Melbourne nine months earlier to play semiprofessional rugby on the opposite side of the country in Perth. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1861, in the meaning defined above


1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of semiprofessional was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Semiprofessional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: engaging in an activity for pay but not as a full-time occupation
: engaged in by semiprofessional players
semiprofessional football
semiprofessional noun
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