[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. semipostal,
  2. semiprecious,
  3. semiprecious stone,
  4. semiprivate,
  5. semipro,
  6. semipublic,
  7. semiquantitative,
  8. semiquaver,
  9. semiquinone,
  10. semiramis

Origin of semiprofessional

First recorded in 1895–1900; semi- + professional

Related formssem·i·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formssemiprofessionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for semi-professional



1824, from semi- + professional (adj.). As a noun from 1843. Related: Semi-professionally.

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