Definitions for Professionalprəˈfɛʃ ə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pro•fes•sion•alprəˈfɛʃ ə nl(adj.)

  1. following an occupation as a means of livelihood.

  2. pertaining to a profession.

  3. appropriate to a profession:

    professional objectivity.

  4. engaged in one of the learned professions, as law or medicine.

  5. following as a business something usu. regarded as a pastime:

    a professional golfer.

  6. making a constant practice of something :

    A salesman has to be a professional optimist.

  7. engaged in for competitive gain:

    professional baseball.

  8. of or for a professional person or such a person's place of business:

    a professional apartment.

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  9. done by a professional; expert:

    professional car repairs.

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  10. (n.)a member of a profession, esp. one of the learned professions.

  11. a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  12. a person who is expert at his or her work.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. professional, professional person(noun)

    a person engaged in one of the learned professions

  2. professional, pro(noun)

    an athlete who plays for pay

  3. master, professional(adj)

    an authority qualified to teach apprentices

  4. professional(adj)

    engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood

    "the professional man or woman possesses distinctive qualifications"; "began her professional career after the Olympics"; "professional theater"; "professional football"; "a professional cook"; "professional actors and athletes"

  5. professional(adj)

    of or relating to or suitable as a profession

    "professional organizations"; "a professional field such as law"

  6. professional(adj)

    characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession

    "professional conduct"; "professional ethics"; "a thoroughly professional performance"

  7. professional(adj)

    of or relating to a profession

    "we need professional advice"; "professional training"; "professional equipment for his new office"

  8. professional(adj)

    engaged in by members of a profession

    "professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. professional(adjective)əˈfɛʃ ə nl

    relating to a job requiring skills learned through training or education

    professional training/qualifications; professional advice/opinion

  2. professionaləˈfɛʃ ə nl

    expert or highly skilled

    The painters did a very professional job.

  3. professionaləˈfɛʃ ə nl

    ≠ amateur

    a professional dancer/musician/baseball player

  4. professional(noun)əˈfɛʃ ə nl

    sb whose job requires skills learned through training or education

    experienced legal professionals

  5. professionaləˈfɛʃ ə nl

    ≠ amateur

    He's been a professional for two years now.


  1. professional(Noun)

    A person who belongs to a profession

  2. professional(Noun)

    A person who earns his living from a specified activity

  3. professional(Noun)

    An expert.

  4. professional(Adjective)

    Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the (usually high) standards of a profession.

  5. professional(Adjective)

    That is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood

  6. professional(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Professional(adj)

    of or pertaining to a profession, or calling; conforming to the rules or standards of a profession; following a profession; as, professional knowledge; professional conduct

  2. Professional(adj)

    engaged in by professionals; as, a professional race; -- opposed to amateur

  3. Professional(noun)

    a person who prosecutes anything professionally, or for a livelihood, and not in the character of an amateur; a professional worker


  1. Professional

    A professional is a person who is engaged in a certain activity, or occupation, for gain or compensation as means of livelihood; such as a permanent career, not as an amateur or pastime. The traditional professions were doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects and commissioned military officers. Today, the term is applied to nurses, accountants, educators, scientists, technology experts, social workers, artists, librarians and many more. The term is also used in sports to differentiate amateur players from those who are paid—hence "professional footballer" and "professional golfer". Many companies include the word professional in their store name to imply the quality of their workmanship or service. In some cultures, the term is used as shorthand to describe a particular social stratum of well-educated, salaried workers who enjoy considerable work autonomy and are commonly engaged in creative and intellectually challenging work. Due to the personal and confidential nature of many professional services, and thus the necessity to place a great deal of trust in them, most professionals are subject to strict codes of conduct enshrining rigorous ethical and moral obligations.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Professional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #928

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Professional' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1937

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Professional' in Nouns Frequency: #1391

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Professional' in Adjectives Frequency: #112

Translations for Professional

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of a profession

professional skill.

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