Meaning of PROFESSIONAL in English

PROFESSIONAL

/ prəˈfeʃənl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

1.

[ only before noun ] connected with a job that needs special training or skill, especially one that needs a high level of education :

professional qualifications / skills

professional standards / practice

an opportunity for professional development

If it's a legal matter you need to seek professional advice .

2.

( of people ) having a job which needs special training and a high level of education :

Most of the people on the course were professional women.

3.

showing that sb is well trained and extremely skilled

SYN competent :

He dealt with the problem in a highly professional way.

OPP amateur

4.

suitable or appropriate for sb working in a particular profession :

professional conduct / misconduct

OPP unprofessional

5.

doing sth as a paid job rather than as a hobby :

a professional golfer

After he won the amateur championship he turned professional .

OPP amateur

6.

( of sport ) done as a paid job rather than as a hobby :

the world of professional football

OPP amateur

—compare non-professional

■ noun

1.

a person who does a job that needs special training and a high level of education :

the terms that doctors and other health professionals use

2.

(also informal pro ) a person who does a sport or other activity as a paid job rather than as a hobby :

a top golf professional

OPP amateur

3.

(also informal pro ) a person who has a lot of skill and experience :

This was clearly a job for a real professional.

OPP amateur

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.