Meaning of PROFESSIONAL in English


I. -shən ə l, -shnəl adjective

Etymology: profession + -al



(1) : of, relating to, or characteristic of a profession or calling

a professional degree

(2) : concerned or occupied with the training of professionals

universities are professional institutions — J.B.Conant


(1) : engaged in one of the learned professions or in an occupation requiring a high level of training and proficiency

the professional man or woman is expected to possess several distinctive … qualifications — A.E.Bestor

(2) : characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession or an occupation : manifesting fine artistry or workmanship based on sound knowledge and conscientiousness : reflecting the results of education, training, and experience

professional courtesy

they are afraid of … their own professional or business standing — John Lodge

it was a competent professional job


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

a professional baseball player

b. : engaged or participated in by persons receiving financial return

professional football

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

comes at times close to deserving the name of professional southerner — Tarleton Collier

become so much the professional celebrity — Van Wyck Brooks

II. noun

( -s )


a. : one that engages in a particular pursuit, study, or science for gain or livelihood

a small standing army largely made up of professionals

b. : one that competes in sports or athletics for gain or livelihood or who has taught or trained for money

a golf professional

— compare amateur

c. : one who receives money for appearing in theatrical productions : one who is engaged professionally


a. : one who belongs to one of the learned professions or is in an occupation requiring a high level of training and proficiency

many highly trained salaried professionals — R.K.Burns

large corporations are absorbing more and more professionals — M.L.Cogan

b. : one with sufficient authority or practical experience in an area of knowledge or endeavor to resemble a professional

though an amateur in politics he had been a professional in diplomacy — Time

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.