Meaning of PROFESSIONAL in English


I. prə-ˈfesh-nəl, -ˈfe-shə-n ə l adjective

Date: 1606


a. : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession

b. : engaged in one of the learned professions


(1) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession

(2) : exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace


a. : participating for gain or livelihood in an activity or field of endeavor often engaged in by amateurs

a professional golfer

b. : having a particular profession as a permanent career

a professional soldier

c. : engaged in by persons receiving financial return

professional football

3. : following a line of conduct as though it were a profession

a professional patriot

• pro·fes·sion·al·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1811

: one that is professional ; especially : one that engages in a pursuit or activity professionally

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.