Definition of semi-professional in English:



  • Receiving payment for an activity but not relying entirely on it for a living.

    ‘a semi-professional musician’
    and → semi-pro
    • ‘In addition to his post-secondary coaching experience, Pardo served as an assistant with a semi-professional team in Puerto Rico six years ago.’
    • ‘When I'm told that I will be interviewing the band's drummer, the only other piece of information I'm given about him is that he used to be a semi-professional wrestler.’
    • ‘He told the court he earned £500 a week as a semi-professional football player but had loans and debts and had moved back into his mother's house in Headingley, Leeds.’
    • ‘Although now home to the semi-professional football team the land has been used for cricket, athletics, tennis and rugby league since it started off life in 1681 as part of Kersal Moor racecourse, during the reign of Charles II.’
    • ‘‘These people are actually paid and trained semi-professional evidence gatherers, and they are not police officers,’ he said.’
    • ‘A musician who played with some of Swindon's most popular semi-professional dance orchestras during the big band era has died at the age of 82.’
    • ‘As well as the usual dancing, there will be a special demonstration by Laucinda and her sister, who is a semi-professional dancer, the details of which are being kept a surprise until the night.’
    • ‘After retiring from professional football in 1966, Brian became the director of Chorley Football Club - a semi-professional team in the Unibond Premier League - a job he still enjoys today.’
    • ‘The only little problem with that raise in salary is that amateur and semi-professional musicians won't be able to play at all.’
    • ‘Now we have people training full-time as semi-professional athletes.’
    • ‘The Dhol Foundation is a collection of professional and semi-professional UK musicians giving the centuries-old drumming traditions of the Punjab a modern twist.’
    • ‘Lord's annals bear witness to the first Gentlemen v Players encounter at Eton in 1806, when amateur gentry from schools and universities took on semi-professional cricketers in a match which emerged as a highlight of the calendar.’
    • ‘Every month they had matches with semi-professional sides and other homeless sides around London.’
    • ‘They faced a tricky home match against a Dragons side boosted at this stage of the season by a few semi-professional players, but they came up trumps to stay in touch with the National Conference league division one leaders.’
    • ‘Children as young as 10 years old perform alongside the ensemble's core of semi-professional adult musicians.’
    • ‘Leslie, 25, also manages Team Riedell, a group of semi-professional Florida skaters who spend much of their time performing at basketball games, theme parks and in competitive tournaments.’
    • ‘Stars of stage and screen joined former professional and semi-professional footballers to raise about £2,000 for research into genetic diseases.’
    • ‘Paul, who holds the highest qualification for a civilian driving instructor, said: ‘Sophie will be our biggest competition because she is a semi-professional rally driver and has been doing it for years.’’
    • ‘The choir, which includes professional and semi-professional singers from across the UK, will be performing at St Mary's Parish Church in Dalton.’
    • ‘Across the country, an entire network of companies that were semi-professional was arising, in something of the manner and pattern of American civic theaters.’


  • A person who is engaged in an activity on a semi-professional basis.

    • ‘We labeled them hobbyists, amateurs, serious amateurs, semi-professionals, professional nonperformers and performing artists/teachers.’
    • ‘The semi-professionals try to look good, but we don't.’
    • ‘The county's governing body is launching a veterans' league, mainly consisting of semi-professionals who are beyond their sell-by date.’
    • ‘However, the squad will be smaller this coming season and will be supplemented by full-time apprentices and part-time semi-professionals.’
    • ‘They are extremely expensive, but also very complete in terms of functionality, and are mainly used by semi-professionals.’
    • ‘Crockenhill played at a higher standard in the early 1980s with many of the players former semi-professionals.’
    • ‘Amateurs and semi-professionals do campaign work unless consultants are hired and brought from abroad.’
    • ‘1974 stands as a beacon in the sport, when a team of part-time semi-professionals somehow defied the odds and made it to the World Cup finals in Germany.’
    • ‘Nobody deserves this sort of pressure, and certainly not someone who is effectively a semi-professional.’
    • ‘And if you think knowledgeable semi-professionals won't arrange such a scheme for their kids, then you're a fool.’
    • ‘This is a song-writing competition open to all amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals.’
    • ‘Roberts recently returned from playing as a semi-professional in the UK minor cricket league.’
    • ‘He painted as an amateur for several years, followed by a number of years as a semi-professional.’
    • ‘They probably train not much less than the semi-professionals, maybe one evening a week less, though the difference is probably in the quality of the player.’
    • ‘By 1998 Ulster, Munster and Leinster each had 21 full-time professionals and 10 semi-professionals but before that all of the teams were hybrid operations.’
    • ‘Rick quickly rose through the ranks of the sport, taking part in such well known races as the Irish Milk Race and the Tour of Lancashire competing alongside semi-professionals.’
    • ‘A lot of the debt arose from wages paid a few years ago to semi-professionals we couldn't afford, with a bill of £1,600-a-week.’
    • ‘Canada now offers a world-class opportunity for manufacturers and processors who need blue collar workers and semi-professionals, Mr. Boyd enthuses.’
    • ‘Dagenham's collection of semi-professionals were cheered on by 3,000 fans.’
    • ‘My parents were lay musicians, but Dad was more of a semi-professional.’