Definition of semiprofessional in US English:



  • 1Receiving payment for an activity but not relying entirely on it for a living.

    ‘a semiprofessional musician’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Dhol Foundation is a collection of professional and semi-professional UK musicians giving the centuries-old drumming traditions of the Punjab a modern twist.’
    • ‘The choir, which includes professional and semi-professional singers from across the UK, will be performing at St Mary's Parish Church in Dalton.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to his post-secondary coaching experience, Pardo served as an assistant with a semi-professional team in Puerto Rico six years ago.’
    • ‘Stars of stage and screen joined former professional and semi-professional footballers to raise about £2,000 for research into genetic diseases.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Involving or suitable for people engaged in an activity on a semiprofessional basis.
      ‘training at the semiprofessional level’
      • ‘Their management skills, though, were untested beyond the semi-professional levels in Italy.’
      • ‘The group would put the emphasis on quality, not quantity, encourage competitiveness, expose club players to higher standards and link the amateur and semi-professional level to the pro team structure.’
      • ‘Rotherham are optimistic that a rescue package can be finalised over the weekend that will save them from extinction and see the struggling Yorkshire club survive on a semi-professional basis in the National League first division.’
      • ‘I'll be posting there pretty frequently, so if you want to see what I look like in semi-professional mode, head on over.’
      • ‘There were talks that the game will move into a semi-professional mode this season, but with instability currently reigning in Namibian football, will that goal ever be achieved?’
      • ‘I am also considering using some of the money to bet on a semi-professional level, but I won't be giving up my job.’
      • ‘It's an ideal opportunity for the younger lads to step up from amateur to the semi-professional ranks.’
      • ‘However, with the World Cup just 15 months away, bosses are still struggling to generate sufficient cash to place players even on semi-professional contracts.’
      • ‘One or two singers are on the club circuit on a semi-professional basis.’
      • ‘Presented without changing the realistic and semi-professional style of the Seventies, the play begins with the bell ringing out, typical of the ‘professional’ stage.’
      • ‘The ad networks gave the chance for many sites to operate on at least a semi-professional basis, while concentrating on what they did best - writing great content.’
      • ‘That guarantees 18 one-day matches against county sides, an enormous challenge which will force the game's organisers to secure the resources necessary to move towards a semi-professional status for its top players.’
      • ‘An entertainment lawyer by trade, Chua has had his producer hands all over some of the city's most successful small-scale theatre, organizing productions as a semi-professional hobby.’
      • ‘He was captain of Paak United FC and had trials with Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool FC before playing for Lancaster FC on a semi-professional basis.’
      • ‘A mean shinty player, Baxter has also played ice hockey at semi-professional level.’
      • ‘It is difficult, though, to imagine how either club can continue in its current semi-professional state given the inevitable decline in standards which will occur.’
      • ‘I built my first harp of plywood which worked well enough for me to learn to play to a semi-professional level.’
      • ‘I had been playing for a team myself, and we were the first Asian team to reach semi-professional status.’
      • ‘One thing's for sure, women are knocking down more barriers than a drunk driver and I wouldn't be the slightest surprised to find mixed football played in this country, at a semi-professional level at least, by 2020.’
      • ‘Once the automatic relegation process began, clubs continued on at least a semi-professional basis.’


  • A person who is engaged in an activity on a semiprofessional basis.

    • ‘Roberts recently returned from playing as a semi-professional in the UK minor cricket league.’
    • ‘My parents were lay musicians, but Dad was more of a semi-professional.’
    • ‘They are extremely expensive, but also very complete in terms of functionality, and are mainly used by semi-professionals.’
    • ‘Canada now offers a world-class opportunity for manufacturers and processors who need blue collar workers and semi-professionals, Mr. Boyd enthuses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dagenham's collection of semi-professionals were cheered on by 3,000 fans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He painted as an amateur for several years, followed by a number of years as a semi-professional.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We labeled them hobbyists, amateurs, serious amateurs, semi-professionals, professional nonperformers and performing artists/teachers.’
    • ‘However, the squad will be smaller this coming season and will be supplemented by full-time apprentices and part-time semi-professionals.’
    • ‘The county's governing body is launching a veterans' league, mainly consisting of semi-professionals who are beyond their sell-by date.’
    • ‘Amateurs and semi-professionals do campaign work unless consultants are hired and brought from abroad.’
    • ‘The semi-professionals try to look good, but we don't.’
    • ‘This is a song-writing competition open to all amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nobody deserves this sort of pressure, and certainly not someone who is effectively a semi-professional.’
    • ‘Crockenhill played at a higher standard in the early 1980s with many of the players former semi-professionals.’
    • ‘And if you think knowledgeable semi-professionals won't arrange such a scheme for their kids, then you're a fool.’