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.


  1. Profession

    A profession is a field of work that has been successfully professionalized. It can be defined as a disciplined group of individuals, professionals, who adhere to ethical standards and who hold themselves out as, and are accepted by the public as possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level, and who are prepared to apply this knowledge and exercise these skills in the interest of others.Professional occupations are founded upon specialized educational training, the purpose of which is to supply disinterested objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain. Medieval and early modern tradition recognized only three professions: divinity, medicine, and law, which were called the learned professions. A profession is not a trade and not an industry.Some professions change slightly in status and power, but their prestige generally remains stable over time, even if the profession begins to have more required study and formal education. Disciplines formalized more recently, such as architecture, now have equally long periods of study associated with them.Although professions may enjoy relatively high status and public prestige, not all professionals earn high salaries, and even within specific professions there exist significant differences in salary. In law, for example, a corporate defense lawyer working on an hourly basis may earn several times what a prosecutor or public defender earns.


  1. profession

    A profession refers to a type of job or career that requires a high level of education, specialized training, and skills. It often involves providing a specific service, such as law, medicine, teaching, or engineering, and it usually requires formal qualifications and a regulatory body to oversee standards and conduct.

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. Joe Gamaldi:

    And when she (Beyonce) comes to Dallas, she needs to know that the anti-police message is not welcomed. We respect anyone's First Amendment rights, but we also respect our officers and any law-abiding citizens (and) we will not respect those who tarnish our profession. it is not needed until she explains her video and whether there is an anti- police address/message she is trying to bring to the public.

  2. Saani Perry:

    There's a lack of respect for our profession, teachers are not valued the way they should be.

  3. Michael Bivona:

    Having retired from the accounting profession and the computer enhancement industry, [I know] there is a shortage of qualified people to perform bookkeeping-computer work and that the wages and flexible time schedules can be very attractive for part-timers.In many instances the work can be performed at home for those who have computers and prefer being in a quiet environment.

  4. Constantin Stanislavski:

    Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.

  5. Jim McDermott:

    The Republicans keep wanting people to believe you can have things without paying for them, if they want to pull the medical profession and the public through the rat hole, that’s their privilege.

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