[ sem-ee-pruh-fesh-uh-nl, sem-ahy- ]
/ ˌsɛm i prəˈfɛʃ ə nl, ˌsɛm aɪ- /


actively engaged in some field or sport for pay but on a part-time basis: semiprofessional baseball players.
engaged in by paid, part-time people: semiprofessional football.
having some features of professional work but requiring less knowledge, skill, and judgment: a semiprofessional job.


a person who is active in some field or sport for pay on a part-time basis.

Origin of semiprofessional

First recorded in 1895–1900; semi- + professional

OTHER WORDS FROM semiprofessional

sem·i·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for semi-professional

/ (ˌsɛmɪprəˈfɛʃənəl) /


(of a person) engaged in an activity or sport part-time but for pay
(of an activity or sport) engaged in by semiprofessional people
of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respectsa semiprofessional pianist


a semiprofessional person

Derived forms of semiprofessional

semiprofessionally, adverb
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