Definition of Professional

1. Noun. A person engaged in one of the learned professions.

2. Adjective. Engaged in a profession or engaging in as a profession or means of livelihood. "Professional actors and athletes"

3. Noun. An athlete who plays for pay.
Exact synonyms: Pro
Generic synonyms: Athlete, Jock
Specialized synonyms: Free Agent, Semipro, Semiprofessional
Antonyms: Amateur

4. Adjective. Of or relating to or suitable as a profession. "A professional field such as law"
Partainyms: Profession

5. Noun. An authority qualified to teach apprentices.
Exact synonyms: Master
Generic synonyms: Authority
Specialized synonyms: Past Master
Derivative terms: Masterly, Mastership

6. Adjective. Characteristic of or befitting a profession or one engaged in a profession. "A thoroughly professional performance"
Antonyms: Unprofessional

7. Adjective. Of or relating to a profession. "Professional equipment for his new office"
Partainyms: Profession

8. Adjective. Engaged in by members of a profession. "Professional occupations include medicine and the law and teaching"
Similar to: White-collar

Definition of Professional

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

Definition of Professional

1. Noun. A person who belongs to a profession ¹

2. Noun. A person who earns his living from a specified activity ¹

3. Noun. An expert. ¹

4. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, or in accordance with the (usually high) standards of a profession. ¹

5. Adjective. That is carried out for money, especially as a livelihood ¹

6. Adjective. (context: by extension) Expert ¹

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Definition of Professional

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Professional

professional (current term)
professional baseball
professional basketball
professional boxing
professional dancer
professional football
professional foul
professional golf
professional golfer
professional life
professional organisation
professional organization

Literary usage of Professional

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The dental curriculum covers three years of professional work based upon four years of high school, and leads to the degree of doctor of dental surgery ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The first genuine effort for the professional training of teachers ... TEACHERS, professional Training of. It was about this time that the subject of ..."

3. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1922)
"to "sub-professional service" and "professional and scientific service," the scheme was made to apply to all branches of the service alike, ..."

4. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1895)
"DEPARTMENT OF professional STUDY. THE TEACHERS' INTERNATIONAL READING CIRCLE. ... The sole purpose of professional reading is to enlighten and stimulate ..."

5. Manufacturing Systems: Foundations of World-Class Practice by Joseph A. Heim (1992)
"In this paper we consider how to adjust the training and professional value ... or no help in their struggle from the professional schools where they must ..."

6. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1864)
"In the same way, a pro- bound to have some degree of professional en- ducer of ... In one sense, professional enthusiasm is reading and criticising a stupid ..."

7. Bulletin by United States (1918)
"In the professional preparation of the agricultural teacher, ... We should inquire what the teacher needs to know, from a professional viewpoint, ..."

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