What does profession mean?

Definitions for profession
prəˈfɛʃ ənpro·fes·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. professionnoun

    the body of people in a learned occupation

    "the news spread rapidly through the medical profession"; "they formed a community of scientists"

  2. professionnoun

    an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences)

  3. profession, professingnoun

    an open avowal (true or false) of some belief or opinion

    "a profession of disagreement"

  4. professionnoun

    affirmation of acceptance of some religion or faith

    "a profession of Christianity"


  1. professionnoun

    A promise or vow made on entering a religious order.

    She died only a few years after her profession.

  2. professionnoun

    A declaration of belief, faith or of one's opinion.

    Despite his continued professions of innocence, the court eventually sentenced him to five years.

  3. professionnoun

    An occupation, trade, craft, or activity in which one has a professed expertise in a particular area; a job, especially one requiring a high level of skill or training.

    My father was a barrister by profession.

  4. professionnoun

    The practitioners of such an occupation collectively.

    His conduct is against the established practices of the legal profession.

  5. Etymology: From professioun, profession, from professio, from the participle stem of profiteri.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Professionnoun

    Etymology: profession, Fr. from profess.

    I must tell you,
    You tender more your person’s honour, than
    Your high profession spiritual. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    If we confound arts with the abuse of them, we shall condemn all honest trades; for there are that deceive in all professions, and bury in forgetfulness all knowledge. Walter Raleigh.

    Some of our profession keep wounds tented. Richard Wiseman.

    No other one race, not the sons of any one other profession, not perhaps altogether, are so much scattered amongst all professions, as the sons of clergymen. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    This is a practice, in which multitudes, besides those of the learned professions, may be engaged. Isaac Watts.

    A naked profession may have credit, where no other evidence can be given. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    Most profligately false, with the strongest professions of sincerity. Jonathan Swift.

    For by oil in their lamps, and the first lightning of them, which was common to them both, is meant that solemn profession of faith and repentance, which all christians make in baptism. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    When christianity came to be taken up, for the sake of those civil encouragements which attended their profession, the complaint was applicable to christians. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Profession

    the act of professing or claiming; open declaration; public avowal or acknowledgment; as, professions of friendship; a profession of faith

  2. Profession

    that which one professed; a declaration; an avowal; a claim; as, his professions are insincere

  3. Profession

    that of which one professed knowledge; the occupation, if not mechanical, agricultural, or the like, to which one devotes one's self; the business which one professes to understand, and to follow for subsistence; calling; vocation; employment; as, the profession of arms; the profession of a clergyman, lawyer, or physician; the profession of lecturer on chemistry

  4. Profession

    the collective body of persons engaged in a calling; as, the profession distrust him

  5. Profession

    the act of entering, or becoming a member of, a religious order

  6. Etymology: [F., fr. L. professio. See Profess, v.]


  1. Profession

    A profession is a vocation founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain. The term is in essence a rather vaguer version of the term "liberal profession", an anglicisation of the French term "profession libérale". Originally borrowed by English users in the nineteenth century, it has been re-borrowed by international users from the late twentieth, though the class overtones of the term do not seem to survive retranslation: “liberal professions” are, according to the Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications “those practised on the basis of relevant professional qualifications in a personal, responsible and professionally independent capacity by those providing intellectual and conceptual services in the interest of the client and the public”.

Editors Contribution

  1. profession

    A person or group of people with a specific type of job.

    Their profession was known worldwide

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profession' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3169

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'profession' in Nouns Frequency: #1120

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of profession in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of profession in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of profession in a Sentence

  1. Dudley Police Chief Steven Wojnar:

    There are bad people in every profession, we’re not talking about the great majority of teachers who are hard-working and dedicated and care about the kids. We’re talking about the few who will betray their trust. If you know you could be charged with a crime, it could be a deterrent.

  2. Mount Sinai:

    Today, we can return to work with our heads held high, knowing that our victory means safer care for our patients and more sustainable jobs for our profession.

  3. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.

  4. Joel Salinas:

    I consider myself to be one of the lucky people with mirror-touch, in that I was able to find a way to apply the touch in my profession and that’s been part of my journey.

  5. Bruce Lambert:

    This will not only cause nurses and doctors to not report medication errors, it will cause nurses to leave the profession.

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