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professional

[pruh-fesh-uh-nl] /prəˈfɛʃ ə nl/
adjective
1.
following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain:
a professional builder.
2.
of, relating to, or connected with a profession:
professional studies.
3.
appropriate to a profession:
professional objectivity.
4.
engaged in one of the learned professions:
A lawyer is a professional person.
5.
following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime:
a professional golfer.
6.
making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business: “A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”.
7.
undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain:
professional baseball.
8.
of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work:
a professional apartment; professional equipment.
9.
done by a professional; expert:
professional car repairs.
noun
10.
a person who belongs to one of the professions, especially one of the learned professions.
11.
a person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs:
a golf professional.
12.
an expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.
13.
a person who is expert at his or her work:
You can tell by her comments that this editor is a real professional.
Origin of professional
1740-1750
First recorded in 1740-50; profession + -al1
Related forms
professionally, adverb
interprofessional, adjective
interprofessionally, adverb
pseudoprofessional, adjective
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Examples from the Web for professional
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  • Robert, though not a professional fisherman, was not wholly inexperienced.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Excuse me, Mr. Vavasor, but how do you know I am not a professional singer?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • I mean, how then do you know I am not a professional singer?

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • The professional slave-hunters, with their blood-hounds, were soon on the track.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • A professional would have been shocked by some of its appointments.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
British Dictionary definitions for professional

professional

/prəˈfɛʃənəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, suitable for, or engaged in as a profession
2.
engaging in an activity for gain or as a means of livelihood
3.
  1. extremely competent in a job, etc
  2. (of a piece of work or anything performed) produced with competence or skill
4.
undertaken or performed for gain or by people who are paid
noun
5.
a person who belongs to or engages in one of the professions
6.
a person who engages for his livelihood in some activity also pursued by amateurs
7.
a person who engages in an activity with great competence
8.
an expert player of a game who gives instruction, esp to members of a club by whom he is hired
Derived Forms
professionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for professional
adj.

early 15c., of religious orders; 1747 of careers (especially of the skilled or learned trades from c.1793); see profession. In sports, opposed to amateur, from 1846. Related: Professionally.

n.

"one who does it for a living," 1798, from professional (adj.).

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