[sem-ee-pruh-fesh-uh-nl, sem-ahy-]
  1. actively engaged in some field or sport for pay but on a part-time basis: semiprofessional baseball players.
  2. engaged in by paid, part-time people: semiprofessional football.
  3. having some features of professional work but requiring less knowledge, skill, and judgment: a semiprofessional job.
  1. 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
Related formssem·i·pro·fes·sion·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for semiprofessional


  1. (of a person) engaged in an activity or sport part-time but for pay
  2. (of an activity or sport) engaged in by semiprofessional people
  3. of or relating to a person whose activities are professional in some respectsa semiprofessional pianist
  1. a semiprofessional person
Derived Formssemiprofessionally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012